La Tuna Brush Fire Flanks Los Angeles' 210 Freeway

"The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires all available resources to protect our residents and keep our homes and other structures out of harm's way", Garcetti said.

The fire is just one of 29 which are now burning in California.

He said the biggest factor in fighting the blaze is weather and wind, and that while the wind was erratic Friday, it was less so on Saturday. However, fluctuating winds had diminished the threat to both neighborhoods, fire officials said. "Yesterday the wind was erratic and we are watching closely to see what weather develops today", according to LAFD. "Our priority is saving property".

Firefighters battle a brushfire on a hillside near a home in Burbank Calif. on Saturday Sept. 2 2017. Several hundred firefighters worked to contain a blaze that chewed through brush-covered mountains prompting evacuation orders for homes in Los Ang

"We don't believe any of the hikers are in any danger at this point in time".

On Saturday, police tweeted that firefighters are wearing respiratory masks and are asking residents affected by the blaze to stay indoors and avoid outside activities because of heavy smoke in the area.

Terrazas also advised all homeowners in the area to clear any brush on their properties to give firefighters a better chance at savings their homes.

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The man charged with starting the fire, John Ballenger, made his first court appearance in Butte County Superior Court on Friday, District Attorney Michael Ramsey said.

Los Angeles city and county agencies used 10 helicopters and two Super Scoopers to help fight the flames from the air.

A full list of evacuations and evacuation centers can be found here.

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The city of Burbank noted on its Twitter account that animals can be temporarily dropped off at the Burbank Animal Shelter, but residents must provide a Burbank ID. Firefighters managed to contain just 10 percent of the fire. In the Sunland-Tujunga area, homes on Reverie Road, Tranquil Drive, Inspiration Way, Hillhaven Avenue and Glen O Peace Parkway north of the 210 Freeway were evacuated as the fire continued to grow. According to the SCAQMD, unhealthy air quality will exist in portions of the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, the San Gabriel Mountains and the Glendale area.

Large flames burned quickly through the brush-covered hilltops around Los Angeles, sending clouds of smoke high above the city, CBS News' Wendy Gillette reported.

"The LaTunaFire is burning in 4 different directions to include down over the hills towards Burbank as well as north through the canyons above the 210 freeway", read a statement from the LAFD released late Friday night.

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