Forest / Wild Fire in USA on September 02 2017 08:39 AM (UTC).
The La Tuna Fire charred more than 7,000 acres and reached 30 percent containment with the help of sudden rains and cooler weather Sunday night. All evacuation orders were lifted Sunday for residents in Sunland-Tujunga, Burbank and Glendale after the large fire moved away from the areas. Earlier Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County due to the effects of the blaze. By Sunday night, the fire had grown from 5,865 acres to 7,003 acres, according to fire officials. About 1,400 people from the city were in temporary shelters, but 90 percent of them have gone back home as firefighters gained the upper hand on the blaze. Officials believe the La Tuna Fire is the largest blaze by acreage in Los Angeles city history. Brown's announcement said a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved due the fire's magnitude, which requires the "combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat." The declaration states the blaze is beyond the control of a single government and calls on state agencies to employ state personnel, equipment and facilities to help fight the La Tuna Fire. The announcement comes after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed a declaration of emergency for the fire Saturday, calling on all the city's available resources to protect residents. "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. "We are grateful for the men and women of LAFD and all our partner agencies, for their heroic efforts to attempt to bring the fire under control and to keep people and their homes safe." Garcetti's declaration calls on all city departments to take all necessary steps to protect life and property in the area affected by the fire. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has already authorized the use of federal funds to help firefighting efforts. FEMA provides Fire Management Assistance Grants which can fund up to 75 percent of eligible firefighting costs. Expenses covered by the grants can include expenses for equipment, materials, supplies and mobilization and demobilization efforts related to fighting the fire. The La Tuna Fire burned three homes and one shed. Cal Fire officials said the fire was also threatening 220KV power-lines.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says a wildfire burning through mountains just north of downtown is the largest in city history. Only one home has burned and no one has been injured as the blaze grew to nearly 8 square miles and prompted evacuation orders for more than 600 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale. Heat that has afflicted the Western United States made conditions tough for crews in Los Angeles and beyond. While temperatures could hit 100 degrees in the Los Angeles fire area, they're projected to peak even higher in Northern California. In Sacramento, temperatures are expected to shoot past 110 on Saturday. Forecasters said areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area could reach 115, a temperature last seen in 1950.
At 5,000 acres, the La Tuna fire is now the largest fire ever by acreage in the city of Los Angeles, with its "unpredictable" destructive potential dependent on shifting winds and erratic weather, the city's mayor and fire chief said Saturday morning. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti joined officials from his city and several others to update the public on the blaze, which has raged in the Verdugo Mountains since Friday afternoon. Garcetti and others acknowledged the huge scope of the fire, which will surely grow, but added that a strong ring of fire personnel around it are in a position to halt its path. "If things continue the way they are, despite the growth of this fire, I want to assure people that what we see on the ground is a fire we can contain," Garcetti told reporters at a command post at the scene. Officials said the "unpredictable" wildfire was 10 percent contained, as it threatened Burbank and Glendale. One home at Verdugo Crestline Drive and Alene Drive in Tujunga was destroyed, officials said. No one has been injured. "Our biggest concern is the wind and weather," L.A. Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said. "If there's no wind, this is a relatively easy fire to put out." But if there are random shifts in wind, coupled with triple-digit heat and low humidity, the blaze could become much more destructive, he added. Garcetti tweeted at 9:02 a.m. that the wind was calm and there was "no immediate threat to homes." "It's a backing fire," Terrazas said, "meaning that it burns down a hill. And at the base of those hills, there's some homes. So we're making sure our fire engines are deployed so they can protect those homes when the fire gets there." Flames had crawled within a few hundred yards of homes as of Saturday morning, he said. Officials requested four air tankers from the state to join resources already working on the La Tuna fire, Terrazas said. It was not clear when the large aircraft may arrive. "Today we are still battling intense flames near structures especially in the city of Burbank," LAFD Capt. Branden Silverman said. "Last night we didn't see the fire lay down like we usually do in the evening. ... 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." Officials also announced that 300 homes have been evacuated in Burbank, 180 in L.A. and some additional homes in Glendale. Officials urge residents in the fire area to be ready to evacuate if the call comes, and to take their pets with them. About 500 firefighters are working on the blaze now, additional resources have been requested from the state, and about 100 L..A. Officials also expect local firefighters are expected back from Texas soon, where they've been helping survivors from Hurricane Harvey. The city of Glendale announced mandatory evacuations in the Glenwood Oaks and Mountain Oaks areas at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, along with voluntary evacuations for the Whiteing Woods neighborhood. Officers went door to door overnight to enforce the mandatory evacuations. Burbank police directed evacuees to McCambridge Park at 1515 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, and in Los Angeles an additional evacuation shelter was established at Sunland Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd. 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.