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

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

A brush fire in Los Angeles burning near the 210 freeway is prompting road closures and nearby home evacuations.

Los Angeles firefighters are fighting a brush fire in the Tujunga area of the city that has shut down both sides of Interstate 210.

The Burbank Police tweeted the list of streets under the mandatory evacuation order in the Brace Canyon Park area, saying officers were going door to door in the evacuation zone.

Fire officials say the estimated burn area almost doubled after a flyover Thursday but the blaze is still far from the celebration in the Black Rock Desert.

The Fire Department says significant additional units were ordered because increasing winds and a shift in fire behavior caused the blaze to grow.

"Our biggest concern is the wind and weather", L.A. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said. A smoke advisory was issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for the San Gabriel Valley to the San Fernando Valley and Glendale as plumes billowed into the air.

Firefighters are battling triple-digit heat and unpredictable winds for the second consecutive day.

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Burbank residents in the path of the flames are asked to head to the McCambridge Recreation Center, which the Red Cross and city officials have set up as an evacuation center.

A crew with Cal Fire battles a brushfire on the hillside in Burbank, California, on Saturday. "We definitely recommend people living in the fire area be ready to go, have a plan and when the fire does start to get near them, get that plan in motion". Firefighters moved into structure defense mode to protect homes as residents were advised to evacuate immediately.

Evacuation orders have been lifted at a wildfire on the California-Nevada line but a long stretch of highway is still closed in both directions.

Firefighters donned night vision goggles as they performed overnight water drops to "to take the heat out of the head of the fire".

The city of Glendale opened an evacuation center at the Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, and another evacuation center was established at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.in La Crescenta, officials said. "It switched multiple times", said Terrazas, adding that there have been no firefighter injuries.

The fire began in the north side drainage of La Tuna Canyon Rd. before spreading east and hoping the 210 Freeway, according to LAFD.

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.


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