A fire burning in the Verdugo Mountains has doubled in size overnight to about 3,000 acres, prompting evacuations and the closure of the 210 Freeway in Sunland-Tujunga, fire officials announced Saturday. Mandatory evacuation orders remained in effect for the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank.
L.A. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said "the biggest factor is the weather and the wind", when it comes to battling the slow-moving blaze.
Firefighters, backed by five engines, were trying to save the single home that had so far been caught by the flames in Sunland-Tijunga area, fire officials said. "If there is no wind, this fire is relatively easy to put out".
It's considered the largest fire in the history of Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters on Saturday that the blaze, which broke out on Friday and lit up the hills surrounding the northern suburb of Burbank overnight, had already burned 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares).
Vineyards moved their wine harvest to the cool of night and transit trains slowed for fear that some of the hottest weather in San Francisco Bay Area history would warp rails Saturday, as stifling temperatures and the smoky pall of wildfires marked an unofficial end to summer across the U.S. West.
"Being ready and set to go is what we try and preach to residents", he said.
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The fire began north of Los Angeles, near the La Tuna Canyon, which is in close proximity to the 210 Freeway.
The Tankers and their neighbors waited outside their homes and watched periodic flare-ups - mindful that a switch in the wind could force them to evacuate.
The initial call for the fire came in shortly before 1:30 p.m., Stewart said.
Voluntary evacuations have been urged for Aileen and Hillhaven, McGroarty from Oro Vista to Plainview, Alene Drive to Hillhaven Avenue, Reverier, Glen O Peace Parkway, Tranquil Drive, Inspiration Way, Tranquil Place, Hillhaven Place and the Haines Canyon Area, and for Shadow Island Drive and Wormom Avenue.
Firefighters donned night vision goggles as they performed overnight water drops to "to take the heat out of the head of the fire".
Though 110 firefighters had not contained the blaze, Gaffney says there's no immediate threat to the thousands of free spirits who erect a makeshift city and celebrate art and music on the dusty ancient lake bed on the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Reno.
"We had a little bit of rain, and that was enough to push the fire in a totally different direction", the captain said.