Burbank residents ordered to evacuate as 2,000-acre wildfire rages toward homes

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Residents in Burbank at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains were ordered to evacuate late Friday as firefighters struggled to contain a raging wildfire that grew to 2,000 acres and crept toward more than 100 homes below.

As a strong, erratic winds pushed a band of flames over the ridgeline, authorities ordered those living in the Brace Canyon Park area and Castleman Estates to “leave immediately” and head to evacuation shelters, according to an alert issued about 10:35 p.m. by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The overall evacuation order affects about 200 homes, based on streets identified by police. Officers were going door to door to notify residents.

The streets include: Haven Way, starting at Joaquin Drive to the top of the canyon; Olney Place; Ramey Place; Mystic View Place; View Crest Drive; Lamer Street from Brace Canyon Road to Keystone Street; and the Castleman Estates.

The flames were expected to reach firefighters’ defense lines after midnight, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

“It’s not the typical nighttime fire behavior,” Stewart told KNBC-TV. “We’re using every resource we have.”

6:45 p.m.: This article was updated with details on the relocation of the evacuation center.

5:40 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the fire’s growth to about 500 acres.

5:05 p.m.: This article was updated with details on evacuations.

4:15 p.m.: This article was updated with details about conditions at the fire.

4:00 p.m.: This article was updated with details about evacuations.

This article was originally published at 3:20 p.m.



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