Huge blaze forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles

Huge blaze forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles
More than 500 firefighters were mobilized, while 100 others who had been deployed in Houston, Texas to help rescue operations after Hurricane Harvey were asked to return

A massive fire described as the biggest in the history of Los Angeles was raging Saturday, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters the blaze, which broke out Friday and lit up the hills surrounding the northern suburb of Burbank overnight, had already burnt 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares), adding: "In terms of acres involved this is probably the largest fire in L.A. city history."

The blaze has so far destroyed one house and forced the evacuation of nearly 500 homes in various parts of the city and neighboring Glendale.

More than 500 firefighters were mobilized, while 100 others who had been deployed in Houston, Texas to help rescue operations after Hurricane Harvey were asked to return.

The fire broke out on the US Labor Day holiday long weekend and as the western part of the country was facing a summer heatwave.

Authorities said wind was their main concern because it could whip up the flames and allow it to spread quickly in unpredictable directions.