Hundreds of people evacuate after massive fire breaks out

Hundreds of people evacuate after massive fire breaks out

Hundreds of people evacuate after massive fire breaks out

More than 5,000 acres have burned in the intense La Tuna brush fire near Burbank, California, forcing people from their homes, shutting down an interstate and sending massive plumes of smoke in the air, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

More than 500 firefighters were working the Burbank blaze on Saturday, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said at the press conference.

Homes in the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank are under mandatory evacuation as of 10:40 p.m.

Authorities warned of erratic winds that could force them to widen the evacuation zone, after the fire destroyed three houses in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The 210 Freeway was closed in the area from the 2 to the 118 freeways, and remained closed on Saturday morning, fire officials said.

The fire was only 10% contained, but was burning slowly due to light winds early in the day. The Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest, Glendale, Pasadena and Burbank fire departments also sent units to help with the air and ground fire attack and structure protection.

So far no injuries have been reported, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Burbank police directed evacuees to McCambridge Park at 1515 Glenoaks Blvd.in Burbank, and an additional evacuation shelter was established at Sunland Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Gordon says State Route 447 connecting Interstate 80 to the festival was closed for several hours overnight but reopened Thursday morning.

The blaze was first reported around 1:30 p.m.in Sun Valley.

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.

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. "It's actually really scary because we've never had a fire this close to us", said Tujunga resident Jessica Fernstrom.

The fire is one of 29 raging across California, even as the state has committed "a lot of resources in Houston", said Garcetti. The fire prompted the shutdown of the 210 Freeway in both directions between the Glendale (2) Freeway and Sunland Boulevard.

The CHP had no estimate on when the closures would be lifted.

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