Los Angeles brush fire forces hundreds to flee homes

About 200 homes were evacuated Friday after a brush fire broke out near Los Angeles, sending massive plumes of smokes into the air and shutting down an interstate highway, a fire department spokeswoman said.

In just a few hours, the La Tuna fire has burned 2,000 acres in the La Tuna Canyon Park area of the Verdugo Mountains, the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted.

Over 260 firefighters are working to put down the blaze but as of Friday night, it was only 10% contained, said Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Hot temperatures and high winds reported on Friday in the Los Angeles area contributed to the fire's "very large plume growth and extreme fire behavior," National Weather Service office in Los Angeles said.

Police shut down all traffic the 210 Freeway in Los Angeles as the fire intensified and spread across the highway, officials said. The highway remained closed Friday night.

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