Monday, 21 October, 2019

Massive Saddleridge fire threatening hundreds of homes: Here are the details

The latest fire map is located below The latest fire map is located below
Anna Jefferson | 11 October, 2019, 20:28

A fast-moving fire spurred on by high winds broke out in Los Angeles on Thursday night, burning down more than 4,000 acres and multiple homes, and forcing the evacuation of almost 13,000 people in the San Fernando Valley.

The blaze was reported just after 9 p.m. off the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway, near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire started near Sylmar northeast of the interchange of the 210 and 5 freeways, jumped those highways and kept running to the southwest north of the 118 near the densely populated Granada Hills area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shut off power on the major transmission lines but rerouted them to avoid widespread outages. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all of Porter Ranch and Oakridge Estates. At 7:30 a.m. some of the evacuation centers were nearing capacity. "Still was able to barely get through on the Interstate 5 north".

A man stomps on flames of the Saddleridge Fire in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, in the early morning hours of October 11, 2019.

Less than 20 miles away in Moreno Valley, the Reche Fire is 350 acres and 10% contained.

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The Saddleridge Fire is one of several burning in Southern California.

It started when the load on a garbage truck caught on fire and spread to vegetation, Capt. Fernando Herrera of Cal Fire Riverside told CNN affiliate KABC.

Southern California Edison turned off electricity to about 20,000 people in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties but warned that thousands more could lose service as Santa Ana winds gained strength. Mandatory evacuations have been issued in surrounding areas, and the cause is under investigation. PG&E had shut off power to an estimated 2 million people in northern California over fears its equipment could spark wildfires amid high winds.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, and misidentified the agency he leads.

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