Despite turning corner on fire, Los Angeles remains on edge

Despite a smattering of rain and easing temperatures, Los Angeles officials and residents remain on edge as firefighters battle the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history.VIDEO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Smoke clouding the skies of Los Angeles in what has become the largest wildfire in the city's history. 

The La Tuna fire erupted Friday and grew to 7,000 acres by Monday, destroying at least four homes.

"This is an island of vegetation that hasn't burned in 45, in some cases 80 years, so this fuel had been waiting year after year after year," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.  

The more than 1,000 firefighters battling the blaze got some help on Sunday with a smattering of rain and easing temperatures. 

But county supervisor Katheryn Barger warns that danger remains. 

"Today we had a heavy downpour and there was a flash flood warning for our firefighters up there that are fighting the fires, and it's a reminder that it's not over," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

Resident Ruben Contreras is watching cautiously. 

"The house is all wood. It doesn't take one spark. And then goodbye house," said Contreras. 

Officials say the blaze is 30 per cent contained, but that's not enough for Contreras to let his guard down.

"The fire has its own power. And if the wind picks up, that's it, you're in trouble," said Contreras.