La Tuna wildfire burns structures, closes 210 Freeway in Los Angeles

La Tuna Fire map

Above: Map showing heat detected on the La Tuna Fire by a satellite. The red dots, the most recent, were detected at 2:42 a.m. PDT September 3, 2017.

(Originally published at 7:25 a.m. PDT September 3, 2017)

The Mayor of Los Angeles declared a local emergency as the La Tuna Fire forced hundreds to evacuate in Glendale and Los Angeles. Believed to be one of the largest in Los Angeles history, it had burned approximately 5,500 acres as of Saturday evening. Approximately three homes in Tujunga were destroyed.

Numerous air tankers and helicopters were dropping water and retardant to assist the firefighters on the ground.

Firefighters described extreme fire as the blaze spread rapidly spotting out ahead of the flames.

It is being managed in a unified Command with Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles City.

A Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant was approved Saturday to help cover the suppression expenses.

La Tuna fire map
Map showing the perimeter of the La Tuna Fire, produced for the September 3, 2017 operational period.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills.

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