Homes, More Than 4700 Acres Burn In Saddleridge Fire Near Los Angeles

Homes, More Than 4700 Acres Burn In Saddleridge Fire Near Los Angeles

Homes, More Than 4700 Acres Burn In Saddleridge Fire Near Los Angeles

One death has been reported, and dozens of homes are said to be entirely demolished, according to KCAL9, a CBS affiliate in L.A. The resident died from cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's website.

Santa Ana winds gusting 20 to 35 miles per hour.

Water is dropped on a large brush fire in the early morning hours Friday in Sylmar, Calif.

Strong winds where the fire is burning will continue to blow from the north to northeast overnight Friday and into Saturday morning, officials said.

Los Angeles authorities say about 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes because of a wildfire on the northern edge of the city in the San Fernando Valley area.

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

The Saddleridge Fire has caused at least one death. Both directions of the Foothill Freeway from the Golden State Freeway to the Ronald Reagan Freeway and the northbound Golden State Freeway's truck route in Sylmar were closed due to the fire for an unknown duration, the CHP said.

While we don't have to worry about an actual fire, risky weather conditions associated with the Saddleridge fire may have an impact on West Hollywood.

Much of Northern California, from San Francisco to the OR border, remains under a state "red flag" fire alert.

The National Weather Service has issued red flag fire condition warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, cautioning of wind gusts of up to 75mph in the mountains and 55mph by the coasts.

NWS warns that windy, dry conditions will bring the "potential for very rapid fire spread, long range spotting, and extreme fire behavior". People and small animals can be evacuated to Lanark Recreation Center (21816 Lanark St).

Thousands of homes and businesses in California were hit with forced power outages in the days previous, as part of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co's attempt to prevent wildfires being sparked by downed power lines.

In northern California, the utility company PG&E started the process of restoring power to some of the communities that were cut off on Wednesday and Thursday.

Because of the risky weather in the forecast, PG&E cut power Wednesday to an estimated 2 million people in an area that spanned the San Francisco Bay Area, the wine country north of San Francisco, the agricultural Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Over 1,000 firefighters are working to contain the blaze.

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