Los Angeles fire: Hundreds ordered to evacuate as fire engulfs 2000 acres

Sunday, 03 Sep, 2017

The blaze started on Friday and spread rapidly on Saturday, forcing the closure of a major road and the evacuation of about 730 homes in northwest Los Angeles and nearby Burbank and Glendale. About 200 homes in that area were evacuated, officials said. "Fortunately we have no injuries to firefighters".

A crew with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection battles a brushfire on the hillside in Burbank, California, on September 2, 2017. The fire had blackened 5,000 acres by 10 a.m. PT Saturday and was moving toward Burbank, where much of southern California's entertainment industry is situated.

Those driving on the 210 Freeway saw the fire raging dangerously close to the road before it was shut down.

A fire erupted near Burbank Friday afternoon and grew to 2,000 acres Friday evening, prompting the evacuation of residents of Brace Canyon Park.

Firefighters worked to surround the blaze as multiple choppers performed water drops "to take the heat out of the head of the fire", Scott said.

Firefighters said erratic fire behavior caused by strong, gusting winds made it hard to predict what areas may be at risk.

The blaze has so far destroyed one house and forced the evacuation of almost 500 homes in various parts of the city and neighbouring Glendale.

"Our priority is saving people and saving property", Terrazas said.

Mandatory evacuations have also been ordered in L.A. City for the McGroarty Park and Sunland areas. "Give us a chance to save your house".

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.

Erratic winds are feeding the flames, which expanded from 1,500 acres to 3,000 as the fire raced uphill on the Verdugo Mountains overnight.

Silvia Gezalyan and her 9-year-old son were evacuated ahead of the blaze. Officials said those goggles were purchased with funds donated to an LAFD foundation. "I'm a pastor and we're praying and that's why we're here, so the fire will stop".

Earlier, the mayor sought to reassure residents that the fire was not as bad as the percent of containment may suggest.

The power lines in the area are operated by Southern California Edison, SoCal Edison's Susan Cox told KPCC.