The massive hurricane in Texas, and another one about to touch down in Florida are said to be among the most devastating in U.S. history. Now, more than 1,000 firefighters are battling one of the largest brush fires ever in California.
The La Tuna Canyon fire, which began last Friday, is currently burning in the Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga and Burbank areas, and is believed to be one of the largest blazes in terms of acreage in Los Angeles history. By Sunday evening, the fire was 30 percent contained, and had burned an estimated 7,003 acres. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. All evacuation orders were lifted as of 6 p.m.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County on Sunday morning, allowing more resources to be available to combat the fire. By Monday afternoon, fire officials were optimistic the worst was over, and said the fire was no longer active.
The multiagency effort consisted of 1,061 firefighters from the region and throughout the state, 206 fire engines, nine aircraft, 12 hand crews and nine ambulances, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
Fire officials said eight people suffered non-life-threatening injuries: Four firefighters had heat-related illnesses. One firefighter incurred minor burns and another had an allergic reaction to a beesting. One civilian suffered a heat-related illness and another civilian was treated for a minor eye injury.
“We’ve only had four injuries,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “That is, considering something of this size, really a miracle.”
The blaze initially started for unknown reasons at 1:25 p.m. Friday near the 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road, just south of the 210 Freeway.
The La Tuna incident is being managed under Unified Command. It includes LAFD, Glendale Fire Department, Burbank Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, with assistance from the state office of emergency services, CALFIRE and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The cause and estimated cost of the wild fire is not yet known.