Brush Fire Threatens Homes In La Tuna Canyon


By late that night mandatory evacuations had been ordered for parts of Burbank and the flames could be seen on hillsides from around the metropolitan area.

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

Those driving on the 210 Freeway saw the fire raging dangerously close to the road before it was shut down.

The fire began Friday afternoon in the steep hills near the Foothill Freeway, commonly called the 210. But residents are advised to stay indoors, due to heavy smoke. At the following day, the flames expanded to all directions, leaving people without the possibility of returning to their houses - some of them haven't done it yet. The fire had blackened 5,000 acres by 10 a.m. PT Saturday and was moving toward Burbank, where much of southern California's entertainment industry is situated. Those aircraft continue retardant drops to help firefighters who are battling wildfires amid severe heatwave. Officials said those goggles were purchased with funds donated to an LAFD foundation.

A full list of evacuations and evacuation centers can be found here.

In Los Angeles, mandatory evacuations are in place in the McGroarty Park area (McGroarty to Valaho), Wormom Avenue and Sunland Boulevard. 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.

Brush fire in Sun Valley closes 210 freeway with flames and high winds

"Our priority is saving people and saving property", Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters. "Fortunately we have no injuries to firefighters".

Almost 200 homes in Burbank were evacuated late Friday, with police officers going door to door throughout the night to ensure residents had left the area.

The Tankers and their neighbors waited outside their homes and watched periodic flare-ups - mindful that a switch in the wind could force them to evacuate.

According to Terrazas and the L.A. Mayor, this is the largest wildfire that has ever occurred in the city, and that this is the first time in 30 years that the record is broken.

Known as the La Tuna fire, the blaze started for unknown reasons at about 1:25 p.m. and covered about a half-acre of medium brush when fire crews initially arrived at the scene near La Tuna Canyon Road, KNBC reported.

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