1 home burned as wildfire grows to 5000 acres and firefighters brace for more extreme heat and winds – Los Angeles Times

A brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles has burned more than 5,000 acres, making it one of the largest fires in the city’s history and one that officials warn could grow larger if erratic weather conditions continue.

Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning, and at one point, the flames were spreading in four directions amid intense heat and wild winds. One home has burned, but no injuries have been reported, officials said Saturday.

Those firefighters will face another day of triple-digit heat in inland areas of Southern California as a heat wave that has gripped the state continues. The National Weather Service said temperatures could reach 110-115 degrees in the hottest areas, and hillside areas could experience more of the shifting winds that helped fuel what has been dubbed the La Tuna fire.

More than 700 homes in the area have been evacuated, including 300 in Burbank, 250 in Glendale and 180 in Los Angeles, officials said.

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