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As LA's Biggest Wildfire Blazes, Hundreds Flee

La Tuna wildfire near Burbank has already burned 5K acres amid 'erratic' winds
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2017 7:59 AM CDT
As LA's Biggest Wildfire Blazes, Hundreds Flee
A Cal Fire crew battles "La Tuna" brushfire in Burbank, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Several hundred firefighters worked to contain a blaze that chewed through brush-covered mountains, prompting evacuation orders in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Glendale.   (Matt Hartman via AP)

(Newser) – Houston is underwater, but Los Angeles is on fire as the largest wildfire in its history burned at least 5,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate amid scorching temperatures and unpredictable winds of up to 50mph. "The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires all available resources to protect our residents and keep our homes and other structures out of harm's way," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said Saturday, per CNN. The fire, which broke out Friday near Burbank, is about 10% contained, notes the Washington Post. At least 100 firefighters who had been sent to help Houston in the Harvey aftermath were being recalled home. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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