The La Tuna Blaze is the largest wildfire the city of Los Angeles has seen. Los Angles is a large city in the state of California, USA. This blaze started as a small bush fire in La Tuna Canyon on Friday, September 1, 2017, and spread over 5000 acres of land, threatening life and damaging property. The small bush fire spread because of triple digit temperatures (very hot) and gusty winds.
How big is 5000 acres? It is approximately 3878 Football Fields. OMG!
Ok… so what is a bush fire or a forest fire?
It is a wildfire that burns in grass, woods, forests and bushes. These bush fires are caused naturally or by humans. They rarely start naturally. Usually humans are the culprits of most bush fires. They start when campfires are left unattended, or because of the burning of debris and sometimes due to negligently discarded cigarettes.
1000 fire fighters have been fighting relentlessly to contain the La Tuna Blaze. Fire fighter planes flew over the area pouring flame retardant to help to contain the fire.
LA county has declared a state of emergency. The fire has destroyed four homes, shut down a Freeway and led to evacuations in the towns of Burbank, Glendale and the Sunland-Tujunga area. At the peak of the fire, more than 700 residents were evacuated throughout the region.
There are currently there are 19 bush fires blazing in California. California is susceptible to forest fires because of drought, dry weather, high temperatures during the summer and wild winds.