Wildfire Near Burbank Destroys Thousands of Acres, Forces Evacuations

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"The LaTunaFire is burning in 4 different directions to include down over the hills towards Burbank as well as north through the canyons above the 210 freeway", read a statement from the LAFD released late Friday night. High winds created spot fires near the 210 Freeway and LAFD attempted to prevent the fire from hopping the freeway, anticipating it would burn at least 2,000 acres if it happened. Jerry Brown to do the same as firefighters Sunday continued to battle a large blaze in the Verdugo Mountains that destroyed three homes, closed a major freeway and forced hundreds to evacuate.

Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Terrazas said during a 3:30 p.m. news conference at the department's command post at the Hanson Dam that the 8,000-acre estimate number was expected to grow when there was time to fly over the perimeter.

Crews on scene reported the blaze had the potential to scorch 2,000 acres.

No structures are now threatened and none of the fire is contained at this time.

A massive brush fire in California erupted to 5,000 acres on Saturday, threatening homes in the area.

"The biggest factor is weather and the wind, " Terrazas said.

More than 500 firefighters are trying to control the fire and 100 others, who were sent to Houston to help that city through flooding, have been called back to California. However, no injuries have been reported yet.




Firefighters move against a monster wildfire Saturday on a hillside in Burbank, Calif., that prompted mandatory and voluntary evacuations in the Los A.

On Friday, fire officials urged anyone "feeling unsafe in their homes", to get out, whether or not their location fell under an evacuation order.

"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.

Temperatures reached 106 degrees around the fire while gusts of wind blasted over ridge tops at up to 50 miles per hour, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"If it (the brush) is clear, we can put our firefighters in a better position to save the house", he said.

Garcetti signed a declaration of emergency that directs relevant departments in the City of Los Angeles to take all necessary steps to protect life and property in the area affected by the fire.

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