4 homes destroyed in record-setting La Tuna fire; 30% contained

- Nearly 1,100 firefighters fought the La Tuna Fire for a fifth day Tuesday, putting out embers and clearing a line of vegetation around the blaze, which scorched 7,003 acres around the Verdugo Mountains over the Labor Day weekend, destroying four homes and causing eight injuries.

The blaze was 30 percent contained Tuesday morning and no longer threatening homes, said Los Angeles Fire Department Deputy Chief Trevor Richmond.

"All mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank have been lifted. Our evacuation centers in Los Angeles are closed but could re-open if necessary,'' he said.

The Foothill (210) Freeway was re-opened, with the exception of some on- ramps and off-ramps that remained closed, Richmond said, adding that the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Lower temperatures and winds have aided in the firefight the past two nights, officials said.

Hand crews will continue clearing brush, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said Monday, asserting that "fire operations are not over. There is still a lot of work to be done.''

Three outbuildings were destroyed in addition to the four homes, officials said, and eight injuries were reported, including four firefighters and one civilian with heat-related illness, one firefighter with minor burns, one who suffered an allergic reaction and one civilian who suffered an eye injury. All have been treated and released, officials said.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared the scene a state emergency. Los Angeles declared a local emergency Saturday and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the county would issue its state of emergency today, setting the stage for accessing state and federal disaster relief programs in an initial step toward helping the area recover.

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