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Firefighters battle flames near major Los Angeles freeway

03 September 2017, 04:34 | Colleen Roy

Brush fire in Sun Valley closes 210 freeway with flames and high winds

Burning hilltop

Officials issued mandatory and voluntary evacuations for a total of 730 homes - including 300 in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in Los Angeles, CBS Los Angeles reported.

As of Saturday afternoon, the fire blanketing 8,000 acres was only 10% contained.

Fire officials said the destroyed home was at the end of a road "with a draw on either side that allowed the fire to run right up".

According to Terrazas, it is the largest fire, by acreage, that the Los Angeles city area has ever seen. "The weather conditions are somewhat stable, but that could change at any moment".

Updated 12:31 p.m.: The La Tuna Canyon Fire continues to burn upwards of 5,000 acres and has engulfed one home, according to the L.A. Times.

Video posted online by local media showed the fire burning along the 210 Freeway when it broke out on Friday, with smoke hovering over the roadway as cars passed by flames.

The La Tuna Fire was first reported about 1:30 p.m. Friday as a small, one-acre vegetation fire south of Interstate 210 near Burbank. If there's no wind, this is a relatively easy fire to put out.

The center says more than 25,000 firefighters and fire support personnel are spread out across the Western U.S. fighting 56 large uncontained wildfires, 21 of them in Montana and 17 in Oregon. An evacuation center has been set up for displaced residents at both the Sunland Recreation Center in Sunland and at McCambridge Park in Burbank.

On Friday, fire officials urged anyone "feeling unsafe in their homes", to get out, whether or not their location fell under an evacuation order.

"Firefighters are battling not only 106-degree temperatures today with low relative humidity, but it's also very steep and rugged terrain", said on Friday Los Angeles Fire Department Captain, Erik Scott "Fortunately we have no injuries to firefighters".

California has been experiencing a severe heat wave, expected to last through Labor Day.

"The groups are believed to be far enough away from fire (not) to be in any immediate danger", said Joel Ives, spokesman with the Hood River County sheriff's office. "I mean, when it's hot and the gusty winds, it's been a bad mix of different things".

At a certain point, firefighters were dealing with 40 miles per hour winds and flames 100 feet in height, according to the L.A. Times.

Officials warned of poor air quality throughout the area, and encouraged residents in affected areas to keep their windows and doors closed, and to avoid vigorous activities, the report said.

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