Wildfire on edge of Los Angeles spreads after triggering evacuations
A wildfire on the northwest edge of Los Angeles spread rapidly on Saturday (September 2) despite light rainfall, a day after it forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents and triggered the closure of a major highway.
Fire officials told residents of about 200 houses in northwest Los Angeles and nearby Burbank to leave their homes on Friday as the so-called La Tuna Fire tore through brush, officials said.
A light rain sprinkled the area, but it was not enough to contain the 5,000-acre (2,023-hectare) blaze, which grew tenfold in size overnight, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. It is 10 percent contained.