Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
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Wildfire explodes overnight in Los Angeles

Wildfire explodes overnight in Los Angeles

The so-called Saddleridge Fire started Thursday night around 9:00 p.m. local time along the northern rim of the San Fernando Valley and nearly immediately exploded from 60 acres to over 4,000 acres (1,619 hectares) overnight - jumping across the 210 and 5 freeways.

The Saddleridge Fire, which started in Sylmar, jumped the 210 and 5 freeways, and some parts are closed in both directions.

The blaze, which officials have named the Saddleridge Fire, ignited late Thursday in the city of Sylmar.

Firefighters recoil from smoke and heat from a fully engulfed house on Jolette Way in Granada Hills North, Calif., early Friday morning, October 11, 2019.

Dynamic fires are rapidly moving toward residential areas in southern California on Friday. Some 1,000 firefighters have also been deployed to battle the fire.

This is just one of the several blazes in Southern California fueled by strong Santa Ana winds, with gusts around 60 miles per hour. Officials have evacuated 23,000 homes.

The largest is the Saddleridge fire near Slymar that burned more than 4,600 acres and spread to the nearby Newhall Pass, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.


"There are now evacuations underway being directed by firefighters in the neighborhood affected", fire officials said. Many parts of the region are under red-flag warnings into Friday afternoon.

Residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, and 120 firefighters are assigned to the area.

A woman evacuates her home with her cat as the Saddleridge fire threatens homes in Granada Hills, Calif., Oct. 11, 2019.

Much of Northern California, from San Francisco to the OR border, remains under a state "red flag" fire alert. Both are about 10 percent contained.

The Los Angeles Fire Department web site has details about evacuations, however, at times the site has been non-responsive.

Fire crews are also fighting three smaller fires in Southern California - including one in Calimesa that's burned 500 acres and one in the Moreno Valley that's blackened 350.

Meanwhile, further north in the San Francisco area, Pacific Gas & Electric cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people in an effort to reduce the risk of fires due to downed power lines.

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