On Thursday, as the La Tuna fire continued to burn, the Los Angeles Fire Department commander issued a report about initial incident for the blaze intensely remembered its beginning nearly one week ago. Guy Tomlinson said about the heavy fire as it was started in a North drainage area off La Tuna Canyon Road and the fire actually started to blow up, and climbed Northeast by jumping the 210 Freeway. He further indicated that we experienced a tall canyon wall behind us and we knew that we were in a defenseless position. People were driving and still coming down the road, so we moved the command post down (La Tuna) Canyon. Then, we started experiencing some communication issues, so we had to drive through the fire again.
Officials including Tomlinson declared that La Tuna fire 90 percent contained. The massive fire had already burned at least 7,194 acres of brush around the Verdugo Mountains. On Thursday, Erik Scott from LAFD said in a news conference that there were 162 firefighters continuously working on putting out the blaze as it was decreased from 211 on Wednesday. Tomlinson said that firefighters were digging out hot spots to terminate the potential of additional flames and refreshing for flows of mud and debris when the rains start. Tomlinson said that firefighters also were removing their equipment from the area and repairing spots driven over by bulldozers to help water flow in those places. Last weekend, cooler temperatures, lighter winds, and rain all helped firefighting efforts.