The Los Angeles County Fire Department responds to the La Tuna Fire on a portion of the 210 freeway that was shut-down. Photo credit: VPP Dave Mills.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted the Los Angeles Fire Department in a multi-agency effort to battle the La Tuna brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains that started on Friday, September 1, 2017. The fire scorched over 7,000 acres, destroyed five homes, shut down miles of the 210 freeway and prompted evacuations in parts of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles during record-breaking heat over the Labor Day weekend.
At the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors regular meeting on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger commended Fire Chief Daryl Osby and all agencies responding to the incident. “The County has been supporting both LA City, as well as Glendale and Burbank in the efforts to fight the La Tuna Fire. And I just have to commend you, the Fire Chief from LA City, the Fire Chief from Burbank, the Fire Chief from Glendale. It was the most seamless, supportive group of people I’ve ever encountered,” said Barger.
As of Thursday, September 7, the fire was at 90% containment and remained an active incident while firefighters continued to patrol burn areas to keep watch for potential threats and hot spots. One spot fire flared up late Wednesday evening in the Shadow Hills area, requiring ground and air attack resources to put it out. Although in a remote area, a home just 200 feet away from the flames was protected by the quick response.