Massive La Tuna fire in L.A. 10 percent contained

A McDonnell Douglas DC10 perform a "pass and drop" with fire retardant over the hills of Burbank, Calif., on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Burbank police/Twitter

Sept. 3 (UPI) — A wildfire that has been declared the biggest in history of the city of Los Angeles remained only 10 percent contained on Sunday, officials said.

As of late Saturday, the La Tuna fire had consumed 5,800 acres, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

About 800 firefighters were battling a brush fire burning in the Sun Valley and Sunland areas. In addition, the 210 Freeway remained closed.

new flare-up forced new evacuation orders in Burbank, police Sgt. Derek Green said Sunday morning.

More than 700 homes have been evacuated in Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles since the fire began on Friday.

On Saturday, three structures were reported lost in the Tujunga area in “isolated areas” with no brush clearance, Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

Two firefighters were taken to hospitals for treatment of dehydration as temperatures near the blaze hit triple digits.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service canceled an Excessive Heat Warning as temperatures showed signs of gradual decline on Sunday and Monday. But a Wind Advisory was issued through 8 p.m. PDT from Tropical Depression Lidia in Baja, Calif.

South Coast Air Quality Management District officials warned Saturday that smoke in the area was creating poor air quality. By Sunday morning, the quality had returned to moderate.

On Saturday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference that the fire is believed to be the biggest in terms of acreage in city of Los Angeles history.


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