Massive, Fast-Moving Brush Fire Rages Outside Los Angeles, Prompting Evacuations

A brush fire in Sun Valley is threatening homes and has forced a complete closure of the 210 Freeway in the area as firefighters work to contain the blaze.

Video posted online by media showed the fire burning along the 210 Freeway when it broke out on Friday, with smoke hovering over the roadway as cars passed by flames a few dozen feet away. The 210 Freeway was closed in the area from the 2 to the 118 freeways, and remained closed on Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Three structures were destroyed by the fire.

Burbank police announced mandatory evacuations of residents in the Brace Canyon Park area after the surrounding Verdugo Mountains caught fire at about 1:30pm on Friday afternoon.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for another wildfire as scorching temperatures complicate firefighters' efforts to extinguish blazes.

Only 10 percent of the fire has been contained.

Terrazas added he was confident the fire had burned "well above" 5,000 acres as of Saturday afternoon, but he was not able to give a fixed acreage.

"The biggest factor is the weather and the wind", Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters.

Residents who may lose power during the heat wave, especially the elderly or individuals with sensitive health conditions, are advised not to shelter in place, but instead to take advantage of their local cooling center.

Federal officials say one of the worst wildfire seasons in the U.S.is likely to continue scorching western states and blanket large swaths with smoke until cooler weather patterns with rain or snow arrive later in the fall.

La Tuna burned in the hills above Burbank, Calif., early Saturday.


According to the National Weather Service, the winds were supposed to die down on Saturday night due to temperature dropped in the area of La Tuna fire.

The city's officials would have to reassess that plan if the winds "just pick up and go wild", he said.

The "topography-driven" flames spread to about 500 acres at 5 p.m. before quadrupling in size at 9:30 p.m.

"Some of these people will be getting out soon, but others may have a very long night ahead of them", Pawlitz said.

Evacuations had been ordered in affected neighborhoods.

Approximately 300 homes in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in Los Angeles are under evacuation.

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