More than 1,000 firefighters battled wildfires burning through the Verdugo Mountains on the North edge of Los Angeles, in the midst of a scorching heat wave. The fire destroyed three homes and forced mandatory evacuations in several neighborhoods.
As helicopters flew over the blazing hills, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County, clearing the way for a mobilization of state resources to help fight the fire. Mayor Eric m Garcetti of Los Angeles had declared a local state of emergency and asked the state for help.
The so called La Tuna fire was holding steady at about 5,865 acres in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Fire department said. Mandatory evacuation orders that had been in place for the cities of Glendale and Burbank and parts of Los Angeles were lifted.
Interstate 210, one of the major arteries through the traffic choked Los Angeles area was reopened in all directions as containment estimates jumped from about 10 percent to about 25 percent in just few hours, Officials said.
The fire burned three homes and damaged another, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazes said. Four firefighters were treated for non-life threatening injuries, the fire department said.
Terrazes said he expected cooler weather and possible showers to aid the more than 1,000 firefighters who were battling the blaze, although he cautioned at a news conference: “There is a lot of fuel out there left to burn”
The fire which was threatening thousands of homes in Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles, started on September 1st, on the north of the 210 Freeway during a heat wave