Thousands of acres charred by La Tuna Fire near Los Angeles

Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 10:36:20-04

SUN VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) - The La Tuna Fire that sprang up late Friday has scorched more than 7,000 acres, Los Angeles Fire Department officials confirmed.

Three homes were lost in the fire.  One firefighter suffered minor burns and three were taken to the hospital with heat-related illnesses. Fire officials said Monday the fire was only 30 percent contained.

Fire officials said one of the destroyed homes was at the end of a road "with a draw on either side that allowed the fire to run right up." Fire resources were stationed at the bottom of hills along the fire zone to defend nearby homes.

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Erratic wind and high temperatures have made fighting the blaze a difficult task for firefighters.

"When the fire encounters a canyon, it can accelerate and burn uphill. Yesterday the wind was erratic and we are watching closely to see what weather develops today," according to LAFD.

About 300 homes in Burbank, 250 homes in Glendale, and 180 homes in Los Angeles were evacuated Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, all mandatory evacuations were lifted. Voluntary evacuations remained in effect for one street in Burbank.

The 210 Freeway, which the fire hopped over shortly after it ignited Friday, reopened Sunday.

About 300 LAFD firefighters have been fighting the fire in addition to crews from Los Angeles County Fire, Glendale Fire, and Angeles National Forest fire departments.