SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — A fast-moving brush fire grew to over 3,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains and surrounding areas on Saturday morning, threatening homes and keeping the 210 Freeway closed.

The hundreds of firefighters are facing terrible conditions with high winds and high temperatures.


The firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning, and at one point the flames were spreading in four directions amid intense heat and wild winds. As of 5 a.m., no homes had been lost and no injuries had been reported, officials said.

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Earlier Friday, temperatures reached 106 degrees around the fire while gusts of wind blasted over ridge tops at up to 50 mph, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. At the same time, unstable air was creating a strong rising motion, sending plumes of black smoke and heat sky-high.

As strong, erratic winds pushed a band of flames over the ridgeline, authorities ordered those living in the Brace Canyon Park area and Castleman Estates to “leave immediately” and head to evacuation shelters, according to an alert issued late Friday night by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The overall evacuation order affects about 200 homes, based on streets identified by police. Those evacuations were expected to remain in place through the afternoon.


The flames were expected to reach firefighters’ defense lines after midnight, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.


Update Brush Fire; 11:20PM; 10850 W La Tuna Canyon Rd; Sun Valley; We understand the concern of many residents seeing visible flames from #LaTunaFire. 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. We do have MANDATORY evacuation orders for the following streets in the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank (Haven Wy frm Joaquin to the top. Olney Pl, Ramey Pl., Mystic View, View Crest) Please follow @burbankpd for the latest on those areas. Approximately 50 homes threatened in that area and the fire will likely reach the defensive lines at those homes in 30 mins. The current evacuation center is at Sunland Recreation Center (8651 Foothill Blvd, Sunland-Tujunga, CA 91040) but the Red Cross is now sending volunteers to open an additional evacuation center in Burbank at McCambridge Park (1515 North Glenoaks Boulevard, Burbank CA 91504). The LaTunaFire is burning in 4 different directions to include down over the hills towards Burbank as well as north through the canyons above the 210 freeway (Map being posted to twitter @lafd momentarily). We emphasis that anyone feeling unsafe in their homes, despite existence of an evacuation order, should not delay leaving. You can call 911 to report your home under threat of the fire and you should then safely evacuate, do not wait until it is too late. Please continue to follow @LAFD (twitter) for breaking news and all updates will post to our website where you can sign up to receive them directly.; FS 77; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart


Update Brush Fire; 5:08AM; 10850 W La Tuna Canyon Rd; Sun Valley; #LaTunaFire
The fire had sustained activity overnight and current acreage estimate is over 3,000 acres.
The command will be flying the fire area at 6:00AM and will be conducting the operations briefing at 7:00AM, at which time we will be able to provide a more thorough update on the fire status. Evacuation orders from last night still stand (Brace Canyon Park) Burbank PD also issued evacuation for Stough Canyon Nature Center and anticipate DeBell Golf Club to be closed this morning. LAFD has over 300 firefighters on scene. No homes damaged and no injuries reported. More information to come in the next 2 hours. ; FS 77; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

An evacuation center was set up at Sunland Recreation Center in the 8600 block of Foothill Boulevard in Sunland and McCambridge Park in the 1500 block of North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Dubbed the La Tuna fire, the blaze has already forced the closure of a miles-long stretch of the 210 Freeway and threatened dozens of homes in the Tujunga area. The 210 was expected to remain closed through Saturday morning, officials said.


“Wind shift

“Making progress lots of work to be done

helicopter TFO took this photo a few minutes ago from high above .

daywatch ofcrs r relieving graveyard now. We evacuated nearly 200 homes during some intense fire. We’ll be back in a few hrs!”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

God Bless.

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