Speed Reads


Record Los Angeles fire forces hundreds of evacuations

The La Tuna fire in Los Angeles has become the "largest fire in the history of L.A. city in terms of its acreage," said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday. The wildfire has spread to more than 5,000 acres, prompting hundreds of evacuations and destroying three buildings so far.

About 800 firefighters — beset by high temperatures, low humidity, and volatile winds — have managed to get the blaze 10 percent contained as of Sunday morning. This is just one wildfire of many currently burning in western states including California, Oregon, and Washington.