The La Tuna bush fire is now the largest in the history of Los Angeles after burning more than 5,800 acres of land, according to fire service officials.
Three homes have been lost in the fire so far, with hundreds of residents evacuated from Glendale, Burbank, and LA. While the fire remains at 10-percent containment, the mandatory evacuation order for Burbank was lifted on Saturday night.
Two firefighters have been treated for dehydration but so far no injuries have been reported. Around 800 firefighters from multiple jurisdictions have been deployed to battle the blaze, according to the LA Fire Department.
A bush fire started in the Verdugo Mountains at about 1:30pm Friday. Gusting winds and high temperatures caused the blaze to become unpredictable and erratic, leaving officials “unable to give a firm prediction on all areas potentially at risk”.
“The LaTunaFire is burning in 4 different directions to include down over the hills towards Burbank as well as north through the canyons above the 210 freeway,” read a statement from the LAFD released late Friday night.
Fanned by 40 mph winds, the flames rose to 100 feet in height, forcing the closure of a nine-mile stretch of the 210 freeway.