Los Angeles wakes up to smoke and ash from brush fire
By Daniel Funke
Jul 23, 2016 | 10:35 AM
A brush fire near Santa Clarita had burned more than 11,000 acres as of Saturday afternoon and filled the Los Angeles basin with smoke and ash amid a heat wave that has scorched the Southland.
The fire, which was reported Friday at about 2 p.m., burned 2,000 acres overnight as officials battled a blaze fueled by 40-mph wind gusts. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire was 10% contained as of about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday morning, Angelenos woke up to a pale orange sun, ash on their cars and smoke in the air, prompting many to share their reactions on social media.
Some people found humor in the situation.
One structure had been burned, and about 300 people in about 100 homes in Little Tujunga Canyon remained under mandatory evacuation orders as of Saturday afternoon. Approximately 1,000 homes and 100 businesses were also in danger.
Hot, dry temperatures up to 106 degrees in the inland and valley areas are expected to hamper efforts to contain and extinguish the fire during the weekend.