What started as a brush fire in La Tuna on Friday afternoon has spread into a nearly 2,000-acre fire nearing Burbank, California as of early Saturday morning. Only 10 percent contained, it’s unclear how far the fire will spread before it’s brought under control.
Here are photos and more details about the fire.
Earlier on Friday, Justin Roiland from Rick and Morty shared this photo of his view of the fire:
The fire spread quickly because of high temperatures and winds, which also carried the fire across the freeway, ABC 10 News reported.
The 210 freeway was closed in both directions due to the fire’s spread. It will remain closed from Lowell to San Fernando Road, likely through Saturday morning, The OCR reported.
People who had flights arriving in Burbank on Friday night or early Saturday had an unwelcome sight waiting for them.
The fire was originally called the La Tuna Fire because it began on the north side of La Tuna Canyon Road around 1 p.m. local time, ABC 10 reported. But then it quickly spread east and across the 210 Freeway. By 9:30 p.m. local time, the fire had spread to 1,500 acres or more and was only 10 percent contained, The OCR reported. Officials said the fire would burn at least into Saturday, but they were hopeful that they could get it under control.
An evacuation center is set up at Sunland Rec Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd.
More than 250 LAFD firefighters will work through the night and helicopters will continue performing water drops. Crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department, The Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles County and the Glendale Fire departments are working together to battle the fire, The OCR reported.
The fire is an intimidating sight.
For many, the fire appears far, far too close:
It’s disquieting, to see the fire so close to neighborhoods in the Burbank area:
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To learn more about the fire’s location and evacuation and road closures, see Heavy’s stories below: