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Hundreds of homes evacuated: record forest fires threatened Los Angeles

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 | World News

Around Los Angeles more than 600 houses have been evacuated due to forest fires. Mayor Eric Garcetti said it was the biggest fire in the history of the US metropolis.

So far, there are no reports of injured people, only one house burned down, said a firefighter. But the fire north of the center of Los Angeles had spread to nearly 20 square kilometers and was only 10 percent under control until Saturday morning (local time).

Worry about heat wave
These affected parts of the Californian metropolis, as well as the cities of Burbank and Glendale in the greater Los Angeles area. The fire brigade was concerned about the persistently high temperatures. In the fire region were forecast to the 38 degrees. If the wind does not increase, one can probably keep the fire in check, the fire department said.

A house near Burbank is surrounded by flames. (Source: Ringo H.W. Chiu / AP / dpa)

North of the city was interstate 210 closed because of the fires. The authorities feared traffic jams, because the highway is a central route to and from the city and on Monday is in the US holiday.

 Record temperatures are threatening throughout California
Higher temperatures were expected in parts of Northern California than in Los Angeles. For San Francisco about 46 degrees were predicted. This would be as hot as last year in 1950. Also in Oregon there were heat warnings and several fires. In the state of Washington, a forest fires burnt around 60 square kilometers of land. There, too, people had to be brought to safety.

The smoke from the forest and bush fires also created the people in the affected regions. At schools, games for the opening of the football season as well as other sporting events were postponed.

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