Sunday, 3 September 2017

Homes evacuated in Los Angeles's 'largest fire in history'



Hundreds of people have fled their homes in Los Angeles to escape a fire described as the biggest in the city's history.

The blaze started on Friday and spread rapidly on Saturday, forcing the closure of a major road and the evacuation of about 730 homes in northwest Los Angeles and nearby Burbank and Glendale.
 
 
Mayor Eric Garcetti said the fire had already burnt 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares), adding: "In terms of acres involved this is probably the largest fire in LA city history."


The La Tuna Canyon fire burns in the hills above Burbank, California, early September 2, 2017

An Erickson Air Crane firefighting helicopter drops water over the La Tune Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California


Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said the area's last fire was at least 30 years ago and agreed that the current blaze was the largest in the city's history.


Late on Saturday afternoon local time, he said firefighters were dealing with "very erratic weather and wind".


Residents on the 210 freeway try to see if their house and two of their cats on the other side of thick smoke and flames might burn near the community of Tujunga

A helicopter drops water over Burbank, California


"Our biggest concern is the wind and weather," he said.


"The erratic weather is our number one challenge.


"If there's no wind, this is a relatively easy fire to put out.


"But when the wind changes, it changes our priorities because other properties become at risk."
 
 
But strong winds are forecast, with temperatures expected to climb into the late 30s.


Flame retardant is dropped on the hills above Burbank






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