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Huge fire prompted evacuation and a freeway closure in the Sun Valley area, California

A brush fire threatened homes in the Sun Valley area Friday. The blaze broke out for unknown reasons. Wind-blown embers sparked a spot fire on the north side of the 210. Firefighters were battling flames on both sides of the freeway.

The temperature at the scene was 106 degrees at 5 p.m., according to the LAFD's Margaret Stewart. The fire increased from 1,500-acres to 3,000-acres overnight, forcing evacuations and shutting down a nearly 13-mile stretch of a major freeway as hundreds of firefighters struggled to bring it under control. Around 500 firefighters were battling the blaze which follows a weak of excessive heat. 

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Big fire in Burbank area

Firefighters were using night vision goggles to make overnight water drops on the blaze, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Around 50 homes were threatened and another 200 had been evacuated in the Reverie Canyon and Haines Canyon areas. Authorities issued a mandatory evacuation for Brace Canyon Park and Stough Canyon Nature Center as the fire reached Burbank. Burbank Police Department, reported portions of Walnut Avenue and Harvard Road were closed. Evacuees were directed to McCambridge Park at 1515 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank and an additional evacuation shelter was established at Sunland Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland. Pets were also welcome in the shelters. An evacuation shelter also was established at Verdugo Hills High School but was later moved to the Sunland Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Blvd. in Sunland. The battle with the blaze continued on Saturday.

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