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

A sign on the gate at the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center on Van Nuys Boulevard seen on Thursday Aug. 31 2017 advertises the Cooling Center at the location that is open on Friday until 10 p.m

A brush fire in Los Angeles burning near the 210 freeway is prompting road closures and nearby home evacuations.

The La Tuna Fire near Burbank, California, torched at least three homes and continued to threaten others on Saturday, September 2, after it grew to more than 5000 acres overnight.

The LAFD said 50 houses were under threat, although the evacuation zone encompassed around 200 homes, according to the Los Angeles Times. Pets are welcome. The Red Cross was also sending volunteers late Friday night to open another evacuation center in Burbank at McCambridge Park, 1515 North Glenoaks Blvd. The closure of a 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch is expected to last all night.

The fire prompted the shutdown of the 210 Freeway eastbound at the 118 Freeway and westbound at the 2 Freeway.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said at 5 p.m. that the fire had spread to about 500 acres, and dozens of firefighters were working on the ground to halt the forward progress of the flames.

Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the fire is burning on both sides of Interstate 210.

Burbank residents wait near a blocked street to hear if evacuations in their neighborhood are lifted during the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman John Gaffney told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday that the fire had burned 83 square miles and was spreading in all directions, fueled by volatile cheat grass.

Seven ranches and a geothermal plant remain threatened.

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Flames had crawled within a few hundred yards of homes as of Saturday morning, he said. One home at Verdugo Crestline Drive and Alene Drive in Tujunga was destroyed, officials said.

A day earlier, Brown declared a state of emergency for a wildfire in Trinity County.

The fire would be much easier to attack if the weather was not so "unpredictable", Terrazas said.

The temperature in Oroville hit 108 degrees (42 degrees C).

Garcetti said Saturday the hope was to bring in more state resources to help get the La Tuna fireunder control, "so we can put those back out on fires that are going to be going for many more days".

Fire officials said they did not have an estimated acreage burned available.

Firefighters said erratic fire behavior caused by strong, gusting winds made it hard to predict what areas may be at risk.

"The winds are continuing to shift, so it's a very dynamic fire", Scott said. It's still threatening 500 homes. The blaze, which erupted on Tuesday from a campfire that was started outside a designated area, was 40 percent contained.

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