La Tuna fire grows to more than 5,000 acres; at least 50 homes threatened – Orange County Register

SUN VALLEY >> Burbank police Saturday morning are asking residents to remain indoors and take other precautions as mandatory evacuations caused by a massive brush fire threatened at least 50 homes there and more in the Sun Valley area, blackening more than 5,000 acres with containment at just 10 percent.

“The air quality is bad,” said Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green, adding there has been no change in earlier evacuation orders. “With temperatures expected to reach the triple digits again today, we are asking people to please stay indoors and limit your recreational activities. Keep pets indoors and take care of each other.”

Officers went door to door overnight to enforce the mandatory evacuations, which are likely to stay in place at least until Saturday afternoon.

• Map: Here’s where the La Tuna fire is burning in the Verdugo Mountains

Burbank police directed evacuees to McCambridge Park at 1515 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, and an additional evacuation shelter was established at Sunland Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd.

Pets were also welcome in the shelters, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department, which was working in a unified command with the Burbank Fire Department.

There were no reports of injuries or structure damage as of this morning but flames were growing closer to homes near the top of the hillside.

The blaze, dubbed the LaTuna Fire, broke out for unknown reasons at 1:25 p.m. Friday near the 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road, just south of the 210 Freeway.

Firefighters used night-vision goggles to make overnight water drops on the blaze, Stewart said.

About a half-acre of medium brush was on fire when the first crews arrived Friday afternoon. Wind-blown embers sparked a spot fire on the north side of the freeway and by 4 p.m., firefighters were battling flames on both sides of the freeway as the fire raced up a hillside of the Verdugo Mountains in the direction of Burbank.

• Photos: Firefighters battle La Tuna wildfire in the Sun Valley area

Authorities called for mandatory evacuations at 10:30 p.m. Friday for the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank when the fire jumped the ridgeline. Firefighters performed structure defense operations to protect homes in the area.

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…

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