LA Tuna fire forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

Sep 03, 2017, 16:33
LA Tuna fire forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

CNN quoted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as saying in a press conference that 300 homes in Burbank and 180 homes in Los Angeles were under evacuation orders. 10 helicopters and several air tankards are working to put out the La Tuna Fire from the sky.

Three homes have burned but no injuries have been reported.

The fire could make air unhealthy to breathe in parts of Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city, and nearby suburbs, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said in an advisory. "The weather conditions are somewhat stable, but that could change at any moment".

"The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires all available resources to protect our residents and keep our homes and other structures out of harm's way".

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LOS ANGELES-Residents in Burbank at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains were ordered to evacuate late Friday as firefighters struggled to contain a raging wildfire that grew to 2,000 acres. Authorities were particularly concerned about how quickly the blaze could spread in the area's canyons. "We can't recall anything larger", Terrazas said referring to La Tuna fire.

To the east, a fast-moving brush fire west of Beaumont in Riverside County that erupted Saturday afternoon has grown to 3,200 acres and forced some residents to evacuate their homes.

A wind shift at around 2 p.m. caused embers to blow across I-210, igniting dry brush that resulted in another fire.

There are an estimated 500 fire personnel on scene.

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By 9 p.m. Friday, the fire had tripled in size to 1,500 acres.

"It's very unsettling", she said as she watched, already having packed her vehicle in case officials ordered her street to evacuate.

The firefighters were praying for some relief in the heat waves that have been engulfed the state for few days.

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.

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The city's officials would have to reassess that plan if the winds "just pick up and go wild", he said. "I mean, when it's hot and the gusty winds, it's been a bad mix of different things". Firefighters initially feared the flames would reach homes by midnight Friday. Temperatures were expected to cool somewhat Sunday, with a chance of some showers and lightning due to the remains of Tropical Storm Linda.

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