La Tuna Fire: State of emergency declared in Los Angeles amid 'biggest blaze in city's history'

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Hundreds of people have been evacuate from homes in northern LA after the region was consumed by a wildfire thought to be the biggest in the city’s history.

The 5,000-acre La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday, has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes and close a major highway.

The evacuation currently only applies to a north Los Angeles neighbourhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, but officials warned erratic winds could force them to widen the area affected.

The fire destroyed three houses in LA on Saturday, just before Mayor Eric Garcetti declared an emergency and ordered “all available resources” deployed to protect residents and property.

Burbank: LAFD on scene responding to fire along La Tuna Canyon Road (EPA)

”This declaration also requests that the Governor declare an emergency – so that state and federal assistance can be provided to the City as quickly as possible,” Mayor Garcetti said in a statement.

He added: “This fire, which broke out yesterday, we can now say is the largest fire in the history of L.A. city, in terms of its acreage.”

Fire: The blaze is thought to be the biggest in the city’s history (REUTERS)

On Saturday night, the fire was only 10 per cent contained with more than 500 firefighters battling it.

Videos and pictures of the blaze show it burning along the 210 Freeway when it broke out on Friday, with smoke hovering over the roadway as cars passed by flames a few dozen feet away. 

La Tuna: It broke out on Friday and spread through the dry bush (REUTERS)

More than 400 miles north of the fire another blaze called the Ponderosa Fire has burned 3,880 acres and destroyed 32 homes in Butte County since it broke out on Tuesday. 

It prompted authorities to issue evacuation orders earlier this week to residents of some 500 homes.


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