A fast-spreading brush fire north of Los Angeles forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes Friday, as firefighters struggled against triple-digit temperatures and erratic winds to contain the blaze, officials said.
Drivers faced passing through flames and smoke on the 210 Freeway when a wildfire erupted in La Tuna Canyon north of Burbank, Los Angles, on Friday, September 1.
The Castaic Fire is up to 25 acres and forward progression has stopped, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Three structures have been destroyed including two homes, have indicated the fire department (LAFD).
"It's been about 45 years since we've had a fire in this area, so we've known for a long time and firefighters have known for a long time there's a lot of fuel in these mountains", Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
About 450 firefighters were battling the blaze that has burned hundreds of acres with the potential to burn up to 2,000 acres.
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said the number of acres burned in the fire is expected to rise.
But he added that the "erratic" winds, which helped spread the fire Friday had subsided by Saturday.
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"Pets are welcome at the shelters too, so don't leave your pets behind, we will make sure we accommodate them as well", Garcetti said.
Fire officials say the high number of already dead trees in the area is hampering their fight against the more than 20 square kilometre wildfire.
"It's very unsettling", she said as she watched, already having packed her auto in case officials ordered her street to evacuate.
Evacuations orders remain for about 200 homes in Reverie Canyon and Haines Canyon Area and Burbank police issued evacuations for Stough Canyon Nature Center.
According to the National Weather Service, the winds were supposed to die down on Saturday night due to temperature dropped in the area of La Tuna fire.
"It just really stokes the fire", Smith told the newspaper.
Another wildfire burning near Yosemite had grown to 8.5 square miles and entered the Nelder Grove of 106 giant sequoias, despite firefighters' efforts to stave it off.