La Tuna Brush Fire Flanks Los Angeles' 210 Freeway

Lucy Bush
September 3, 2017

Fire broke out around a major freeway in the Sun Valley area of Los Angeles on Friday (Sept 1) afternoon, forcing the shut down of a 20.9km stretch of the roadway and threatening nearby homes.

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. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have continued, with 730 homes evacuated across Burbank, Glendale, and the city of L.A., according to CBS.

"This is a slow burning, "backing" fire (meaning it burns down hill) and we have resources at the base of the hills to defend homes", fire spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said in a statement.

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

Two were homes and one may have been a shed. Evacuation orders were issued to hundreds of homes in the path of the fire as firefighters, fire helicopters and Super Scooper planes worked to contain the blaze.

"Due to erratic fire behavior, driven by strong, gusting winds, we are not able to give a firm prediction on all areas potentially at risk", the department said.

No injuries have been reported, officials said.

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"Firefighters are battling not only 106-degree temperatures today with low relative humidity, but it's also very steep and rugged terrain", Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said Friday.

Three structures were destroyed in the fire.

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

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Wildfires in the U.S. West have burned more than 7.1 million acres (2.9 million hectares) since the beginning of the year, about 50 percent more than during the same time period in 2016, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. 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.

Garcetti said fire officials have "great confidence" they can defeat the fire, "with the exception if winds just pick up and go wild". According to the weather system, there could be a rain and thunderstorms.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the blaze about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Sacramento had consumed almost 6 square miles (15 square kilometers).

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