210 Freeway reopened, all evacuation orders lifted as firefighters gain upper hand on Verdugo Mountains fire – Los Angeles Times

The 210 Freeway was reopened and all evacuation orders were lifted Sunday evening as firefighters were assisted by cooler temperatures and brief showers in their battle against the 5,900-acre brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles.

All but one lane of the freeway, which was shut down between the 2 Freeway and Wheatland Avenue, reopened about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said. One lane in each direction between Lowell Avenue and Sunland Boulevard will remain closed.

All evacuation orders in Burbank, Glendale and the Sunland-Tujunga area were lifted at 6 p.m. At the peak of the fire, more than 700 residents were evacuated throughout the region.

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as firefighters continued to battle the La Tuna fire that destroyed three homes and shut down the freeway.


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