Biggest wildfire in LA’s history: More than 700 are forced to evacuate as 8,000 acres are scorched in blaze and hundreds of firefighters struggle to cope due to 100F heatwave and ‘very erratic’ winds

Sunday, September 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history has exploded to over 8,000 acres since Friday
The blaze has forced 700 homes to be evacuated as the fire continues to rage
A mere 10 per cent of the fire has been listed as under control as of Saturday
Heat and wind is making it difficult for firefighters to control the massive blaze
La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon where the fire began, shut portions of the 210 Freeway

3 September 2017

The largest fire in Los Angeles history is engulfing thousands of acres of land and forcing residents to evacuate homes throughout the county.

The fire, dubbed the La Tuna Fire after the canyon where it erupted, has already burned through 8,000 acres of land, and the heatwave in the area along with erratic winds are proving major obstacles for firefighters trying control the blaze.

The fire broke out Friday and has already forced the partial closure of the 210 Freeway, a major thoroughfare. The 210 is closed between the Glendale Freeway and Sunland Boulevard.

It’s unclear when the freeway will completely reopen, according to the LA Times.

The blaze started with just one acre of brush on Friday.

The enormous blaze led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said.

The wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city’s history.

‘We can’t recall anything larger,’ Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas during a 10am news conference Saturday.

‘Our priority is saving people and saving property,’ Terrazas said, according to the LA Times.

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