L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed at news conference that officials believe the La Tuna Fire — at 5,000 acres and growing — is the largest fire in LA city history. Officials also announce that 300 homes have been evacuated in Burbank, 180 in L.A. and some additional homes in Glendale. Officials urge residents in the fire area to be ready to evacuate if the call comes, and totake their pets with them. About 500 firefighters are working on the blaze now, additional resources have been requested from the state, and about 100 L.A. firefighters are expected back from Texas soon, where they’ve been helping survivors from Hurricane Harvey. Firefighting officials say their biggest concern today is the wind, which can push the fire in unpredictable directions.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti also said one home in the Sunland/Tujunga area is on fire, but officials expect to put it out.
Voluntary emergency evacuations in Glendale have been announced in the Glenwood Oaks and Mountain Oaks neighborhoods. The Whiting Woods neighborhood has been asked to prepare. An evacuation center has opened at the Civic Auditorium, 1401 N. Verdugo Road, where pets are welcome, according to the Glendale Police Department.
This City News Report was edited by Hub Staff Writer Hugo Guzman.