Firefighters continue battling largest fire in Los Angeles history

Hundreds of firefighters battled flames that devoured almost 20 kilometres of brush-covered mountains as authorities issued evacuation orders for more than 700 homes in Los Angeles, Burbank and Glendale.

CNN quoted Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as saying in a press conference that 300 homes in Burbank and 180 homes in Los Angeles were under evacuation orders.

Bureau of Land Management spokesman John Gaffney told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Friday that the fire had burned 83 square miles and was spreading in all directions, fueled by volatile cheat grass. "The home was at the end of a road with a draw on either side that allowed the fire to run right up", read a statement from LAFD.

In Montana, Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of disaster on Friday due to wildfires as dozens raged across tens of thousands of acres during one of the worst fire seasons in state history.

Mayor Garcetti said he had "great confidence" the fire could be contained so long as the wind subsides; as of the weekend it had mostly done so.

Terrazas said, "Our biggest concern is the wind and weather".

"Being ready and set to go is what we try and preach to residents", he said.

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Three homes have burned but no injuries have been reported.

The fire was burning on multiple fronts southwest of the 210 Freeway, which remained closed Saturday morning between the Glendale Freeway and Sunland Boulevard.

Torrid temperatures that have broiled the Southland for much of the week persisted Saturday amid a massive brush fire in the Burbank area and continued calls for residents to conserve electricity.

A wildfire raged in a neighborhood northwest of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States, on Saturday after forcing the evacuation of nearby residents and threatening homes.

The trail remained closed Saturday as firefighters worked to put down the blaze, officials say.

"Just with the high temperatures these last couple of days, it's been on my mind", she said.

Much of California was under an extreme heat warning through the weekend with temperatures hitting nearly triple digits in some places, according to the National Weather Service. Firefighters encountered punishing heat, with Burbank recording a high of 101 degrees while the Tujunga area reported 96, forecasters said.

  • Megan Austin