Brush Fire Prompts Closure of 210 Freeway in Sun Valley Area

Posted September 03, 2017

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Over 40 years of dry brush have fueled the southern California fire.

The declaration for Butte County came Friday as a fire near Oroville spread to thousands of acres after destroying 20 homes and threatening 500 others.

Fire officials will be flying over the area at 6 a.m.to get a better assessment of what has burned. Four fixed-wing airtankers have been ordered to fight the blaze as well.

Vineyards moved their wine harvest to the cool of night and transit trains slowed for fear that some of the hottest weather in San Francisco Bay Area history would warp rails Saturday, as stifling temperatures and the smoky pall of wildfires marked an unofficial end to summer across the U.S. West.

The blaze in thick brush that has not burned in decades was slowly creeping down a rugged hillside on Saturday toward houses, with temperatures in the area approaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.

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

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.

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As of noon on Saturday, between 500 to 1,000 residents living in 700 homes have been evacuated from areas affected by the fire.

Pets are being welcomed at all the evacuation centers, and officials caution that animals should not be left behind.

"I want to say this loud and clear that folks who leave their homes, we have police assets who will stay in the neighborhood", Garcetti said.

"It just really stokes the fire", Smith said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Volatile winds helped disperse flames through the Verdugo Mountains, located in Los Angeles County, into surrounding areas. "Smoke and ash can be harmful to health, especially in vulnerable individuals, like the elderly, people with asthma or individuals with other respiratory and heart conditions". Residents were urged to limit outdoor activities.

The fire quadrupled in size by 9:30 p.m. Scott described the blaze as "topography-driven", burning in different directions in the canyons and predominantly heading toward Burbank.

The fire began in the north side drainage of La Tuna Canyon Rd. before spreading east and hoping the 210 Freeway, according to LAFD.