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Burbank residents ordered to evacuate as 2000-acre wildfire rages toward homes

Burbank residents ordered to evacuate as 2000-acre wildfire rages toward homes”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference that officials believe the fire, which is at 5,000 acres and growing, is the largest fire ever in L.A. People have been evacuated from hundreds of homes in Sun Valley, Burbank and Glendale.

Drivers faced passing through flames and smoke on the 210 Freeway when a wildfire erupted in La Tuna Canyon north of Burbank, Los Angles, on Friday, September 1.

Firefighters were attempting to defend dozens of homes in the area from the approaching flames, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Jerry Brown to do the same as firefighters Sunday continued to battle a large blaze in the Verdugo Mountains that destroyed three homes, closed a major freeway and forced hundreds to evacuate.

"The biggest factor is weather and the wind", Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Terrazas was quoted as saying by City News Service.

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Crews on scene reported the blaze had the potential to scorch 2,000 acres.

The fire was only 10 percent contained with more than 500 firefighters battling it.

One home has been lost in the fire, according to the latest statement from the LA Fire Department.

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

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

Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District warned today that smoke from the fire has caused poor air quality that will affect everyone in the general fire area.

The blaze is one of many wildfires across the U.S. West, including fires in and around California's Yosemite National Park that have closed a popular road into the park prompted evacuations of nearby towns.

Firefighters worked to surround the blaze as multiple choppers performed water drops "to take the heat out of the head of the fire", Scott said. There have been no deaths or firefighter injuries, officials said.

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"We had a little bit of rain, and that was enough to push the fire in a totally different direction", the captain said. Firefighters sent additional resources to that neighborhood for structure protection and to assist with evacuations.



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