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Wildfire on edge of Los Angeles spreads after triggering evacuations

Wildfire on edge of Los Angeles spreads after triggering evacuations”

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated and an 11-mile stretch of the 210 Freeway remain shut down Saturday as the La Tuna Fire one home and about 5,000 acres in the Sun Valley area.

Within a day, the wildfire - named the La Tuna Fire for its origin in La Tuna Canyon to the north of Burbank - had grown to cover more than 5,000 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire has remained at 10-percent containment since 7pm Friday, and a tweet from Burbank police early Saturday said the evacuation orders will likely continue until "tomorrow afternoon".

"Firefighters are battling not only 106-degree temperatures today with low relative humidity, but it's also very steep and rugged terrain", Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said Friday.

Resident Tracy Goldman said flames were about 200 feet from her house. "If there is no wind, this fire is relatively easy to put out".

More than 500 firefighters are trying to control the fire and 100 others, who were sent to Houston to help that city through flooding, have been called back to California.

Almost 200 homes in Burbank, Calif., were evacuated late Friday, with police officers going door to door throughout the night to ensure residents had left the area.

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The Tankers and their neighbors waited outside their homes and watched periodic flare-ups - mindful that a switch in the wind could force them to evacuate.

Three structures were destroyed in the fire.

The Palmer fire started around 1:30 p.m. near San Timoteo Canyon Road and Fisherman's Retreat. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations have continued, with 730 homes evacuated across Burbank, Glendale, and the city of L.A., according to CBS.

Hundreds of fire fighters were seen battling the blaze as the flames were spreading in four directions amid intense heat and wild winds.

The man charged with starting the fire, John Ballenger, made his first court appearance in Butte County Superior Court on Friday, District Attorney Michael Ramsey said. Firefighters encountered punishing heat, with Burbank recording a high of 101 degrees while the Tujunga area reported 96, forecasters said.

About 300 LAFD firefighters have been fighting the fire in addition to crews from Los Angeles County Fire, Glendale Fire, and Angeles National Forest fire departments.



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