Saturday, September 02, 2017

California residents evacuated as wildfire grows to 2,000 acres

Hundreds of California residents were ordered to evacuate
Hundreds of California residents were ordered to evacuate as a wildfire grew to 2,000 acres overnight and threatened homes.

The Los Angeles Fire Department issued mandatory evacuations for several streets in Burbank early Saturday morning, as the blaze crept toward firefighter's defense lines and threatened about 50 homes.

Firefighters said erratic fire behavior caused by strong, gusting winds made it difficult to predict what areas may be at risk.

"It's not the typical nighttime fire behavior," LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said. "We're using every resource we have."

Police went door to door to alert residents of about 200 homes affected by the evacuation order, the Los Angeles Times reported, and evacuation centers were established in Sunland and Burbank.

No injuries or structural damage were reported, but the wildfire shut down a nearly 13-mile stretch of Interstate 210.

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