Brush Fire Forces Evacuations Of About 50 Homes In Burbank
About 50 homes in Burbank have been evacuated in response to a spreading brush fire, reports ABC7.
Authorities issued the mandatory evacuation order on Wednesday afternoon. The fire—reported just before 3 p.m.—was burning by the 1000 block of Hamlin Place. According to the L.A. Times, all homes on Viewcrest Drive and Howard Court were evacuated, and Irving Drive was closed east of Kenneth Road, while Joaquin Drive was closed at Haven Way.
At about 4:40 p.m., NBC4 reported that the fire was about 70% contained, with 10 acres burned thus far. No damage to homes has been reported.
“It’s was a fast-moving fire. This is a very dry area,” said Burbank Police Sgt. Derek Green, reports the Times.
The brush fire comes at the tail end of a heat wave that has persisted for about two weeks in Los Angeles. As we'd noted before, high temperatures combined with dead vegetation left over from the historic drought has led to conditions that are conducive to fast-moving wildfires. On Tuesday, firefighters were fighting wildfires in both Santa Clarita and Riverside County.
The fire (and the smoke) in Burbank was captured on social media: