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>> A raging wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the major called the largest blaze in the city's history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway. The 5,000 acre La Tuna Fire named after the canyon where it erupted on Friday has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes In a north LA neighborhood and in nearby Burbank in Glendale, officials said.
Authorities warned of erratic winds that could force them to widen the evacuation zone after the fire destroyed one house in LA on Saturday. So far, the fire was only 10% contained with over five hundred firefighters battling it. Meanwhile, more than 400 miles to the north, the so-called Ponderosa fire has burned 38,000 acres.
And destroyed 30 homes in Butte County since it broke out on Tuesday. Wildfires in the US west have burned more than 7 million acres since the beginning of the year, about 50% more than during the same time period in 2016, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.