Evacuations ordered as La Tuna Canyon fire spreads rapidly from Verdugos

La Tuna Canyon fire : A rapidly spreading brush fire from the Verdugo Mountains on Friday afternoon is threatening to burn homes in the La Tuna Canyon area in Los Angeles County.

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Following the La Tuna Canyon fire, the Foothill (210) Freeway has been closed by the authorities who are battling to douse the fire. Several neighborhoods in the La Tuna Canyon area are being evacuated by the Burbank Police Department following the Verdugos bush fire.

About 250 firefighters from Los Angeles Fire Department have been engaged in dousing the flames from the ground and in the air.

According to a report on the La Tuna Canyon fire in the Los Angeles Times, the fire began at about 1:30PM in the Sunland-Tujunga, close to the 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road. Early on, it was estimated to be not more than an acre but soon high winds ensured that at least 500 acres were burnt by the evening.

Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County

Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County. Photo courtesy of Downtowngal/Commons.wikimedia.org.

Rising temperatures due to the fire and high wind conditions are expected to help the La Tuna Canyon fire to burn about 2,000 acres before the fire fighters eventually get control of it.

The Los Angeles Fire Department issued a statement on the La Tuna Canyon fire which reads: “Shift in fire behavior and growing wind event caused growth of fire and significant additional resources ordered. Potential for fire estimated at 300 acres, 2000 if jumps across the 210 freeway. Please AVOID 210 freeway x La Tuna Canyon.”

About 50 homes are in danger following the vegetation fire in La Tuna Canyon. The authorities have asked the residents to take shelter in the Verdugo Hills High School located in Tujunga at 10625 Plainview Ave.

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