Largest wild­fire in Los An­ge­les his­tory makes lo­cals move

The Star (Kenya) - - News | World -

A wild­fire on the north­ern edge of Los An­ge­les rapidly grew on Satur­day into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city’s his­tory, prompt­ing the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of peo­ple and the clo­sure of a ma­jor high­way.

The 5,000-acre La Tuna Fire, named af­ter the canyon area where it erupted on Fri­day, has led au­thor­i­ties to evac­u­ate more than 700 homes in a north Los An­ge­les neigh­bor­hood and in nearby Bur­bank and Glendale, of­fi­cials said.

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.

“Other than that, no loss of any prop­erty,” Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news con­fer­ence. “That is a pretty amaz­ing thing.”

The fire was only 10 per­cent con­tained with more than 500 fire­fight­ers bat­tling it. The blaze in thick brush that has not burned in decades was slowly creep­ing down a rugged hill­side on Satur­day to­ward houses, with tem­per­a­tures in the area ap­proach­ing 38 de­grees Cel­sius.

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