Fast-moving wildfire destroys 3000 acres; homes evacuated in LA, Burbank – Los Angeles Times

A fast-moving brush fire grew to 3,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains on Saturday morning, threatening homes and keeping the 210 Freeway closed.

Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning. At one point, the flames were spreading in four directions at once amid intense heat and wild winds. As of 5 a.m., no homes had been lost and no injuries had been reported, officials said.

As strong, erratic winds pushed a band of flames over the canyon ridgeline, authorities ordered those living in the Brace Canyon Park area and Castleman Estates to “leave immediately” and head to evacuation shelters, according to an alert issued late Friday night by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The overall evacuation order affects about 200 homes, based on streets identified by police. Those evacuations were expected to remain in place through the afternoon.

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