La Tuna Wildfire Burns Over 5000 Acres

Laura Christensen
September 3, 2017

The blaze started on Friday and spread rapidly on Saturday, forcing the closure of a major road and the evacuation of about 730 homes in northwest Los Angeles and nearby Burbank and Glendale.

The fire began north of Los Angeles, near the La Tuna Canyon, which is in close proximity to the 210 Freeway.

The 210 Freeway was closed to traffic in the area after the fire jumped the road and grew to over 2,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Three homes have burned but no injuries have been reported.

"It's been about 45 years since we've had a fire in this area, so we've known for a long time and firefighters have known for a long time there's a lot of fuel in these mountains", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

"The biggest factor is weather and the wind", Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Terrazas was quoted as saying by City News Service.

About 450 firefighters were battling the blaze that has burned hundreds of acres with the potential to burn up to 2,000 acres. Firefighters managed to contain just 10 percent of the fire.

One of those ordered to leave Saturday was Chris Hall, 37, who was spraying the roof of his Sunland home with a garden hose when two police officers pulled up to his driveway.

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The Fire Department says high heat and shifting winds helped the fire surge to 500 acres on Friday.

About 300 homes in Burbank, 250 homes in Glendale, and 180 homes in Los Angeles remain under evacuation Saturday afternoon. Police continued to enforce new mandatory evacuation orders throughout Saturday.

"It's snowing ash from the Burbank fire, there was a huge pop followed by my power going out", said Cory Pratt, a filmmaker, on Twitter.

Meanwhile in OR, 140 hikers were being evacuated Saturday after a fire broke out southeast of Portland near the Eagle Creek Trail.

At a certain point, firefighters were dealing with 40 miles per hour winds and flames 100 feet in height, according to the L.A. Times.

"Despite fire size, we remain confident in the plan in place and the work all firefighters at the incident are doing in defending property and lives", the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

An evacuation center was initially set up at Verdugo Hills High School, but officials relocated the shelter to Sunland Recreation Center in the 8600 block of Foothill Boulevard in Sunland.

Other reports by My Hot News

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