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Los Angeles Is Battling The Biggest Wildfire In Its History And The Photos Are Unreal

The blaze, which prompted California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency Sunday, is one of 19 wildfires currently burning across the state.

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The La Tuna fire started Friday in Burbank, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, and has burned more than 7,000 acres. As of Sunday, the blaze continued to ravage parched and scraggy hillsides encircling hundreds of vulnerable homes.

Along with fires, unprecedented heat waves have smothered California this summer, shattering records in normally temperate northern cities like San Francisco, which hit 106 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday.

"This is the greatest statewide heat wave ever recorded in California,” according to Christopher Burt, a historian with Weather Underground, who noted that at least 15 Western US cities had their hottest summers on record this year.

As temperatures continue to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit near Los Angeles, photographers and residents captured striking, apocalyptic images and videos of the La Tuna fire, which was 30% contained as of Sunday evening.


This dramatic time-lapse shows the scale of the flames, which have been fueled by erratic winds and record-breaking temperatures.


Non-stop helicopters by my parents. High school nearly burned: Buddy's house: #LaTunaFire

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Residents on the 210 freeway try to check on their house and two of their cats located on the other side of thick smoke and flames near the Southern California community of Tujunga.

Brianna Sacks is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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