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California Governor Declares State Of Emergency After Largest Fire In LA History Rages Out Of Control

Water is dropped above homes in Sun Valley during the La Tuna Canyon fire over BurbankWater is dropped above homes in Sun Valley during the La Tuna Canyon fire over Burbank, California, U.S., September 2, 2017. REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the Los Angeles County Area on Sunday after the largest fire in the city’s history began to rage out of control.

The fire started Friday and has since consumed 5,895 acres, pushing hundreds of residents out of their homes near the Burbank area in Southern California, CNN reports.

According to The Orange County Register, the fire is apparently the largest in Los Angeles’ history.

The emergency declaration allows state-wide and federal resources to be marshaled in the fight against the fire and arrives in response to a call from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. So far 1,000 firefighters, 206 fire engines and nine helicopters have battled the blaze. At this point, the fire has only destroyed three homes, but has sent two firefighters to the hospital for heat-related injuries. Both are currently stable. There have been no reports of civilian injuries.

As of 10 a.m. PST Sunday morning, the fire was just 10 percent contained. Due to the intensity of the fire, it’s expected to continue tearing through La Tuna until at least Wednesday or Thursday.

L.A. City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez informed residents Sunday to “Please — have your belongings ready and prepared in the event that you are asked to evacuate.”

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