Los Angeles battles 'largest wildfire in city history'

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.

Lauding the "heroic job" by firefighters, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said it was the largest fire ever in terms of acreage within the city limits. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have continued, with 730 homes evacuated across Burbank, Glendale, and the city of L.A., according to CBS.

"Today we are still battling intense flames near structures especially in the city of Burbank", LAFD Capt. Branden Silverman said.

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 blaze has so far destroyed one house and forced the evacuation of almost 500 homes in various parts of the city and neighbouring Glendale.

Los Angeles resident Tracy Goldman had her vehicle packed in case officials ordered her street to evacuate.

Firefighters are battling triple-digit heat and unpredictable winds for the second consecutive day.

The fire, which was completely outside, was reported Friday night in the 4500 block of Doran Street, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire crested into Burbank's hills as of late afternoon, according to the Burbank Police Department. The 210 Freeway remains closed on both sides at La Tuna Canyon road.

The declaration for Butte County came Friday as a fire near Oroville spread to thousands of acres after destroying 20 homes and threatening 500 others.

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

These mandatory evacuation areas in Brace Canyon Park include Haven Wy from Joaquin to the top, Olney Pl., Ramey Pl, Mystic View, and View Crest as of 10:40 p.m.

"This declaration also requests that the Governor declare an emergency - so that state and federal assistance can be provided to the City as quickly as possible", Garcetti said in a statement.

Glendale officials urged evacuees with pets to bring them to the Crescenta Valley High School center, where officials with the Pasadena Humane Society are set up. "We definitely recommend people living in the fire area be ready to go, have a plan and when the fire does start to get near them, get that plan in motion".

Cal Fire said on its website that the fire near Oroville had consumed almost 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) and was 30 percent contained.

"It's very unsettling", she said by telephone as she watched flames that she said had reached within 200 feet of her house.


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