Wildfire Burns North Of Los Angeles

A wildfire north of Los Angeles is responsible for evacuations and freeway closures.


In Northern Los Angeles, a large wildfire is threatening at least parts of the city of San Fernando. More than 1,200 people have been evacuated, two highways closed. Officials say the fire is now 3,200 acres. The notorious Santa Ana winds are blowing in places. They power the fire, so it burns like a blowtorch.

Los Angeles County has closed four schools in the area, one house and three mobile homes are burned, but without any injuries yet reported. This is the season of those winds, the Santa Ana's, the season of wildfire just beginning. Last year was devastating. The region waits now to see what is to come and this early sign is not good.

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