Wildfires Are Raging Through Parts Of Southern California And It’s Truly Heartbreaking

Los Angeles has been struggling to contain the largest wildfire in its history.

The city spent the weekend battling a massive blaze that is just one of 19 wildfires currently devouring forests and communities across the state. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday and evacuated several areas close to the fire.

The La Tuna wildfire first ignited in Burbank sometime on Friday and is creeping along the northern boundary of Los Angeles. Over 7,000 acres have been burned so far, and firefighters have been fighting the flames for five days now.

California has actually been burning up all summer – the worst heatwave ever recorded in the state has kept cities like San Francisco smothered under a miserable blanket of heat. Temperatures have reached highs of 106 degrees. These record-breaking temps have contributed to a dry and hot environment that elevates the area’s risk of wildfires.

As of Tuesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department reports that the La Tuna wildfire has been contained and residents around the Glendale and Burbank suburbs are being allowed to return to their homes after an evacuation took place over the weekend.

Though cautiously optimistic that the blaze is on its way out, officials warn that high winds and hot temperatures could potentially rekindle the La Tana wildfire in the days to come.