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Thousands of acres burn in Los Angeles-area fire

Thousands of acres burn in Los Angeles-area fire

A wildfire burning through mountains just north of downtown Los Angeles is the largest ever within city limits, according to the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti.

Five thousand acres have now burned in the intense wildfire while containment remains at 10 percent. No one has been injured.

"The biggest factor is the weather and the wind", Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters.

This article was originally published at 9:35 a.m.

Nevada National Security Site spokeswoman Tracy Bower said Thursday that the fire covers nearly 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) in the western part of what used to be the Nevada Test Site. Jorge Rodriguez, adding, "We are here to make sure their property is safe if they evacuate".

Flames had crawled within a few hundred yards of homes as of Saturday morning, he said.

She says the fire started Monday and isn't considered a threat to people or buildings. It was not clear when the large aircraft may arrive.

"If it (the brush) is clear, we can put our firefighters in a better position to save the house", he said.

"What we see is a fire that we can contain ultimately", he said. Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for roughly 600 homes in the neighborhoods of Sunland/Tujunga, Burbank and Glendale, with many others recommended to leave or be prepared to leave.

Fire officials say the estimated burn area almost doubled after a flyover Thursday but the blaze is still far from the celebration in the Black Rock Desert.

More than 500 firefighters are trying to control the fire and 100 others, who were sent to Houston to help that city through flooding, have been called back to California.

A fire about 80 miles (129 kilometers) southeast of Seattle has burned more than 23 square miles (60 square kilometers) and led to new evacuation notices Saturday. An evacuation center has been set up for displaced residents at both the Sunland Recreation Center in Sunland and at McCambridge Park in Burbank.

Evacuated streets included: Haven Way from Rolling Ridge Drive to the top of the hill, Olney Place, Ramey Place, Mystic View, Lamer Street from Brace Canyon Road to Keystone Street, Brace Canyon Road above Rolling Ridge Drive, and the community of Castlean Estates and Stough Canyon Nature Center.

The fire is one of 29 raging across California, even as the state has committed "a lot of resources in Houston", said Garcetti.

The blaze was first reported around 1:30 Sun Valley.

Evacuations began early Saturday morning, as police went door to door to alert residents of about 200 homes affected by the evacuation order, the Los Angeles Times reported, and evacuation centers were established in Sunland and Burbank.


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