Published: Sun, September 03, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Thousands of acres burn in Los Angeles-area fire

Thousands of acres burn in Los Angeles-area fire

A brush fire exploded to 8,000 acres on Saturday while prompting mandatory evacuations in Burbank, Glendale and Sunland-Tujunga, officials said, noting it was the largest blaze by acreage in Los Angeles city history.

Some lightning strikes spurred brush fires close to the 5 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Smoke is still visible in the Burbank Hills neighborhood and Los Angeles firefighters expect flare ups in that area as the fire scorched 5,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains.

Although no injuries were reported, one home had been destroyed, the fire department said.

The center says more than 25,000 firefighters and fire support personnel are spread out across the Western U.S. fighting 56 large uncontained wildfires, 21 of them in Montana and 17 in Oregon. Authorities were particularly concerned about how quickly the blaze could spread in the area's canyons.

One home has been lost in the fire, according to the latest statement from the LA Fire Department. "When the fire encounters a canyon, it can accelerate and burn uphill".

Animals and horses were also being led out of the in La Tuna Canyon Saturday morning, video showed.

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In Burbank, Burbank Estates, Brace Canyon, Stough Canyon Nature Center and Wildwood Canyon are under evacuation orders, and Groton Drive and Hamline Place east of Stephen Road are being evacuated, but residents living on Amigos Drive or Antigua Drive have been told they may return home. A surreal scene unfolded in Burbank as bright flames could be seen coming over the hilltops to the north of the city.

Hundreds of people have fled their homes in Los Angeles to escape a fire described as the biggest in the city's history.

In Glendale, mandatory evacuations were issued for Glenoaks and Mountain Oaks, with a voluntary order in place for Whiting Woods.

The city's officials would have to reassess that plan if the winds "just pick up and go wild", he said. The closure of a 12-mile stretch is expected to last all night, which will cause serious traffic trouble for Labor Day weekend travelers.

High temperatures afflicting Los Angeles as well as other areas in the West made conditions tough for firefighting crews. "I mean, when it's hot and the gusty winds, it's been a bad mix of different things". But residents are advised to stay indoors, due to heavy smoke.

Garcetti said Saturday the hope was to bring in more state resources to help get the La Tuna fireunder control, "so we can put those back out on fires that are going to be going for many more days".

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