More Than 1,000 Firefighters Working to Put Out La Tuna Fire

SUN VALLEY (CNS) - More than 1,000 firefighters work for a fourth day to put out a 7,000-acre brushfire that is 30 percent contained, as the last of the residents ordered to evacuate the record-setting blaze were expected to return to their homes authorities said.

 The weather should cooperate with firefighters today, with clouds all day, humidity around 40 percent, light winds and much cooler temperatures in the upper 80s, National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Rorke told City News Service.

 All mandatory evacuations have been lifted by the cities of Burbank, Glendale and in Los Angeles, and Mayor Eric Garcetti estimated all but 10 percent of the 1,400 evacuated Los Angeles residents had returned Sunday with the remainder expected to go home today. The 210 Freeway was reopened.

 A Smoke Advisory issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District remained through this morning.

 Garcetti welcomed a state of emergency declared in Los Angeles County by Gov. Jerry Brown, saying the decision placed the fire at the highest priority and would bring new resources to fighting it. He called the La Tuna Fire the biggest brush fire in the city's history in terms of acreage.

 Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger told reporters the county would issue its state of emergency on Tuesday, after the holiday.

 Two firefighters taken to hospitals during the second day of the fire for heat-related illnesses were stable, said Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas. A third firefighters was treated for a heat-related illness Sunday, a fourth was treated for burns and a volunteer Community Emergency Response Team member was medically evaluated although the nature of the illness was not released.

 Three homes were destroyed and one was damaged by flames.  ``We believe two of three had no brush clearance,'' Terrazas said. ``So I can't emphasize enough the importance of a minimum -- within L.A. city -- a minimum of 200 feet brush clearance, that's brush from your home. If there is no defensive space we cannot protect your house.''

 Voluntary evacuations remained only for Country Club Drive east of Sunset Canyon in Burbank.

 Evacuation centers remained open: in Los Angeles, Sunland Park, 8651 Foothill Boulevard; in Burbank, the McCambridge Park Recreational Center, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.; and in Glendale, Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.

 The cause of the fire was under investigation, authorities said.


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