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Largest fire in Los Angeles' history burns on city's outskirts, homes evacuated

03 September 2017

Around 500 homes were evacuated due to the blaze, which grew from a camp fire and is now 45% contained.

The city's officials would have to reassess that plan if the winds "just pick up and go wild", he said. By late that night mandatory evacuations had been ordered for parts of Burbank and the flames could be seen on hillsides from around the metropolitan area.

"Be set, have your vehicle positioned appropriately, have your pets, your documents, your pictures - all the things you want to protect - loaded up in your auto", Terrazas said.

Hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday and Saturday morning, and one home was destroyed Saturday before noon in the Tujunga area.

Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District warned today that smoke from the fire has caused poor air quality that will affect everyone in the general fire area.

No injuries or structural damage were reported.

It has prompted the evacuation of 300 homes in Burbank, more than 250 in Glendale and 180 in the city of Los Angeles, said Garcetti.

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La Tuna burned in the hills above Burbank, Calif., early Saturday.

. "Non-school related sports organizations for children and adults are advised to cancel outdoor practices and competitions in areas where there is visible smoke, soot, or ash, or where there is an odor of smoke".

Wildfires in the US 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 a certain point, firefighters were dealing with 40 miles per hour winds and flames 100 feet in height, according to the L.A. Times.

At least 350 firefighters and other personnel raced to contain the flames as residents in the nearby canyons stood watch. Firefighters initially thought they had a good handle on the blaze. With an all-time high of 106 on Friday, it became just the third time since the 1870s that San Francisco had back-to-back triple-digit days.

Much of California was under an extreme heat warning through the weekend with temperatures hitting nearly triple digits in some places, according to the National Weather Service.

"Despite fire size, we remain confident in the plan in place and the work all firefighters at the incident are doing in defending property and lives", the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Largest fire in Los Angeles' history burns on city's outskirts, homes evacuated