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A wildfire near Los Angeles has forced hundreds to evacuate



A brush fire that broke out near Los Angeles has forced hundreds to flee their homes.

As of Saturday morning, the La Tuna fire has burned through about 3,000 acres and is now 10 percent contained, according to a press release from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). At one point overnight, the blaze was spreading in four different directions, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The LAFD has more than 300 firefighters on the scene.

Residents in the Brace Canyon Park area of Burbank were ordered to leave their homes Friday as the fire got dangerously close. About 50 homes were being threatened late Friday, but the LAFD said Saturday morning that none have been damaged so far.

In addition to spurring mandatory home evacuations, the fire also forced the closure of Interstate 210, which is an essential link to routes in and out of town.

Hot temperatures and erratic winds contributed to the fire's growth, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials told the Associated Press Friday that one of the worst U.S. wildfire seasons in terms of land burned is likely to keep scorching Western states and blanketing them with smoke until later this fall.

Currently 88 large fires have burned approximately 1.2 million acres in Western sates and Alaska this year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Fire center spokesman Jessica Gardetto said in addition to being one of the most destructive wildfire seasons, 2017 is also turning into the longest.

"Some of these firefighters have been working on fires for six months now," she said.

Firefighters near Los Angeles will be working in "near record-breaking heat" Saturday as they continue to battle the flames, the weather service said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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