1 home burned as wildfire grows to 5000 acres and firefighters brace for more extreme heat and winds

A brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of Los Angeles grew to 5,000 acres on Saturday morning, threatening homes and keeping the 210 Freeway closed.

Hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze overnight and into the morning, and at one point the flames were spreading in four directions at once amid intense heat and erratic winds. One home has burned, but no injuries have been reported, officials said Saturday.

Those firefighters will face another day of triple-digit heat in inland areas of Southern California as a heat wave that has gripped the state continues. The National Weather Service said temperatures could reach 110-115 degrees in the hottest areas, and hillside areas could experience more of the shifting winds that helped fuel what has been dubbed the La Tuna fire.

Eric Garcetti.

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