Springs Fire burns for 2nd day, Glendale Fire flares up

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This satellite image was collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on May 02, 2013.
Actively burning areas, detected by MODIS’s thermal bands, are outlined in red.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team, GSFC.

Updated Friday 4:40 p.m.

The Springs Fire has spread to 18,000 acres with 20 percent contained. 15 residences have been damaged , with 4000 currently threatened by fire. Updates here.

A brush fire in Glendale has forced to closure of the 2-134 freeway interchange. The LA Times reports: A fire has flared up in Glendale.  Updated Friday 3:20 p.m.: 

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the blaze was burning near the 134 Freeway at Harvey Drive. There were some evacuations occurring in nearby Chevy Chase Canyon in Glendale.

NBC is following the Glendale fire live here. 

Updated: Friday 1:40 p.m.:

The Springs Fire continues to blaze. As The Ventura County Star reports:

The fire remains at 10,000 acres and growing and only 10 percent contained, officials said. Partial containment is not expected until Monday and full control not until May 13.

The Ventura County star has updates on the blaze here.

Due to shifting winds, KCRW’s Kajon Cermak’s house is now in a fire zone. She writes on her blog, “I’m in my house, windows closed, and my eyes are tearing from the smoke.”

Video below shows the approaching fire from a home in Thousand Oaks.


The Los Angeles Times reports:

Stuart Seto, a specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, said humidity had dropped significantly in the area – “from 80% down into the teens, and they’re getting lower.” That, coupled with “extreme” wind gusts, would likely make Thursday “the worst day as far as the fires,” Seto said. “This is really dry,” he said. “The fire in Camarillo Springs really jumped up from nothing to 100 acres in no time at all.”

KCRW’s Kajon Cermak is tweeting more on the closures here.

Southern Californians have been sharing striking photos of the blaze and smoke, like this one from  @karailyce Kara Morison And The LA Daily News is following the fire on Storify:

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