LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A fast-moving brush fire forced closure of the 210 Freeway and came close to about 50 homes in the Sun Valley area Friday then later spread to the Burbank city limits. Just before 10:45 p.m. LA Fire tweeted that mandatory evacuations were in effect for the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank. An evacuation area is at McCambridge Park on Glen Oaks Boulevard.
The fire began near the 10800 block of La Tuna Canyon Road shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to fire officials.
The freeway closure is from Lowell Avenue to San Fernando Road and will likely remain through the morning.
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It was a stressful night for evacuees, CBS2’s Jennifer Kastner reports.
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Multiple aircraft are fighting the fire. About 250 firefighters are on scene and expected to stay through the night. No structures have been destroyed or were in imminent threat by the fire, officials said. The department says they have 10 percent containment and the fire has grown to at nearly 1500 acres and could grow to 2,000. No injuries reported. About 200 homes were evacuated as a precaution. An evacuation center has been set up at Sunland Rec Center.
Earlier in the evening, LAPD officers got on their loud speakers to announced a voluntary evacuation alert. Throughout the day, a team of aircraft made precision water drops, which Jim Gilmore believes made a huge difference.
“The fire department has done an awesome job of actually taking care of us,” Gilmore said.
Fire units from Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest, Glendale and Burbank were on hand to assist with the air and ground fire attack and structure protection.
Subdivisions full of houses are within a mile of the flames, and residents of three streets have been told to evacuate.
Crews were working feverishly to protect homes. CBS2’s Randy Paige describes the tactics.
CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen gives perspective from a homeowner’s backyard.
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