More than 5,000 acres have burned in the intense La Tuna brush fire near Burbank, California, forcing people from their homes, shutting down an interstate and sending massive plumes of smoke in the air, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said at a news conference on Sunday that 1,061 firefighters from the immediate region and throughout California were battling the fire, which has destroyed three homes and damaged one other.
There are 206 fire engines and nine helicopters dedicated to fighting the fire, Terrazas said. Two firefighters have suffered heat-related illnesses, but are in stable condition.
The fire remains at 10% containment since it started Friday and tore through the La Tuna Canyon Park area of the Verdugo Mountains, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a declaration of local emergency Saturday instructing all city agencies to “take all necessary steps to protect life and property in the area” affected by what is now the largest fire the city has ever seen.
“The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires all available resources to protect our residents and keep our homes and other structures out of harm’s way,” Garcetti said in a statement.
Mandatory and voluntary evacuations were taking place, Capt. Branden Silverman said Saturday, but there were no reports of injuries. He suggested everyone have a plan to evacuate if the need arises. Burbank is in Los Angeles County.