La Tuna Wildfire Burns Over 5000 Acres

Posted September 03, 2017

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.

Forecasters at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise on Friday released the four-month outlook that predicts September will continue hot and dry with above normal fire potential in northwestern states, Nevada and California.

Firefighters move against a monster wildfire Saturday on a hillside in Burbank, Calif., that prompted mandatory and voluntary evacuations in the Los A. The fire has since grown to 5,000 acres and has been confirmed as the largest by acreage in Los Angeles City history, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

On Friday, firefighters went house by house to warn people about the fire.

"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", Garcetti said in a statement.

Further north in the State of Washington, several fires with the total area of approach 6,000 hectares, caused the evacuation of almost 4,000 homes.

Only 10 percent of the fire has been contained.

Terrazas said, "Our biggest concern is the wind and weather".

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No injuries or structural damage were reported.

Elsewhere in California, the Ponderosa Fire in Butte County has burned almost 4,000 acres, destroying more than two dozen homes and spurring evacuations. At least 200 homes in Burbank, California, were evacuated.

"Pets are welcome at the shelters too, so don't leave your pets behind, we will make sure we accommodate them as well", Garcetti said.

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

"The groups are believed to be far enough away from fire (not) to be in any immediate danger", said Joel Ives, spokesman with the Hood River County sheriff's office. Firefighters initially thought they had a good handle on the blaze.

Much of California was under an extreme heat warning through the weekend with temperatures hitting nearly triple digits in some places, according to the National Weather Service.

The fire was burning on multiple fronts southwest of the 210 Freeway, which remained closed Saturday morning between the Glendale Freeway and Sunland Boulevard.