Video posted online by media showed the fire burning along the 210 Freeway when it broke out on Friday, with smoke hovering over the roadway as cars passed by flames a few dozen feet away.
In Los Angeles, hundreds of firefighters battled flames that chewed through almost 8 square miles (20 kilometers) of brush-covered mountains as authorities issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders for more than 700 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.
Around 500 firefighters were battling the blaze, according to Stewart. Firefighters initially thought they had a good handle on the blaze. "We are constantly evaluating the wind". Our priority is saving property. Many others, including some that have been larger and claimed hundreds of homes, have burned through metropolitan Los Angeles County over the years. "The conditions are much better than when we arrived on the scene".
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. Due to erratic fire behavior, driven by strong, gusting winds, we are not able to give a firm prediction on all areas potentially at risk.
Some 500 firefighters have been deployed to fight the fire.
Officials announced that 300 homes have been evacuated in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in Los Angeles.
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By Friday evening, the fire prompted mandatory evacuation orders in Burbank because it began to spread near homes in the city's foothills.
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 of Castlean Estates and Stough Canyon Nature Center. "There are those that have chose to stay; we strongly discourage it". "Do not be nervous of anybody who would take advantage of a tragedy like this and try to get into those neighborhoods, you will be caught".
The fire is one of 29 raging across California, even as the state has committed "a lot of resources in Houston", said Garcetti.
Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District warned today that smoke from the fire has caused poor air quality that will affect everyone in the general fire area. The fire ignited amid triple-digit heat in the San Fernando Valley. Residents were urged to limit outdoor activities.
The 210 Freeway was closed on Friday and was expected to remain shut into the holiday weekend for at least part of Saturday.
The CHP had no estimate on when the closures would be lifted.
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