Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency; Most Burbank Residents Return – Update

Burbank Police via Twitter

UPDATE Sunday 2:30 PM PST:  Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation declaring a State of Emergency because of the La Tuna fire. A Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved, the proclamation noted, and requires all state agencies to deploy additional personnel, equipment and facilities to help battle the fire. The blaze remains 10 percent contained as of this update. Burbank residents were no longer being advised to evacuate except for the Castleman Lane, Wedgewood Lane, Kildare Court, Folkstone Court and Logan Court areas.

About 1,900 customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were still without power this morning due to the La Tuna Fire. “As of 6:30 am we are down to approx. 1900 customers without power out of 1.5 mil. Crews still working hard to restore everyone,” the LADWP tweeted Sunday morning.

Last night, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti declared the La Tuna Fire a local emergency, tweeting an announcement and noting that the fire “requires all available resources to protect our residents and keep our homes and other structures out of harm’s way.” Earlier in the evening, LADWP tweeted that 2,100 of their customers in the Tujunga area had lost power.

UPDATE 3:21 PM PST: A smoke advisory is in effect today, with poor air quality from the La Tuna Fire affecting all individuals in the areas of direct smoke impacts and unhealthy air quality in portions of West San Gabriel Valley, East San Fernando Valley, East San Gabriel Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, Glendale area, San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted a link to the Los Angeles County Public Health Dept. advisory. Earlier today, Garcetti described the blaze as the largest the city had ever experienced (watch his video message below).

In the advisory, Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser urges all individuals in these areas, or areas where there is visible smoke or the odor of smoke, to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise.

“It is difficult to tell where ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of dust particles in the air, so we ask all individuals to be aware of their immediate environment and to take actions to safeguard their health,” said Gunzenhauser. “Smoke and ash can be harmful to health, especially in vulnerable individuals, like the elderly, people with asthma or individuals with other respiratory and heart conditions.”

The Los Angeles  Fire Department also posted a tweet with an evacuation map for those living in the Sunland and Tujunga areas of Los Angeles.  

Earlier today, Garcetti said the La Tuna blaze “is perhaps the largest fire we’ve ever experienced in the city of Los Angeles.” He noted that no injuries had been reported.

The city of Burbank is allowing residents to temporarily drop off pets at the Burbank Animal Shelter, for as long as the evacuation orders last. This morning police issued an evacuation order for parts of Burbank due to the wildfire in the Verdugo Mountains area north of Los Angeles.

Road closures and animal drop-off information were being posted and updated on the Burbank Police Department Twitter page here.

Evacuation orders began Friday night for approximately 200 homes in the Brace Canyon Park area and Castleman Estates. The fire was first reported Friday afternoon near La Tuna Canyon Road, forcing the shutdown of a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 210 freeway.

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted a statement containing details of the areas then affected by the fire and evacuation orders. Evacuation centers have been established at Sunland Recreation Center in Sunland-Tujunga An evacuation center was set up at Sunland Recreation Center in Sunland and McCambridge Park in Burbank.

Police have estimated that some of the evacuation orders will be in effect until at least into tomorrow afternoon.

Burbank-area studios and facilities such as Warner Bros., Universal and Disney/ABC are under no immediate threat from the La Tuna blaze.

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