Oct 11, 2019

Fast-moving wildfire forces mass evacuations in Los Angeles

A helicopter dropping water on the Saddleridge fire. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

A swiftly moving wildfire in Los Angeles County's San Fernando Valley has destroyed at least 25 homes and prompted evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people throughout Friday, the Washington Post reports.

The state of play: The Saddleridge fire erupted in Sylmar, the northernmost part of the valley, around 9 pm on Thursday, as forceful Santa Ana gusts swept through Southern California, AP writes. The flames are engulfing an estimated 800 acres per hour, and the original cause of the fire remains unknown.

  • The dry and windy conditions also spurred the Sandalwood fire, another blaze in area to the east, for which hundreds were evacuated from a mobile home park.

The impact: At least 1 person is dead and another person injured as a result of the Saddleridge fire, which officials say could take multiple days to contain.

Upstate, lights were flipped back on Friday for more than half of the 2 million northern California residents who lost power following Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s Wednesday call to prevent equipment from sparking wildfires amid dry and windy weather.

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Deadly Southern California wildfires force thousands to evacuate

An aircraft drops fire retardant along a ridge in Newhall, California on Friday. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

At least 3 people have died in wildfires driven by gusty winds in Southern California, where up to 100,000 people were at one point under mandatory evacuation orders, authorities said Saturday, per NBC News.

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2 dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula from wildfires

A burning structure collapses during the Kincade fire in Geyserville, California on Oct. 24. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam TPX Images of the Day

At least 58,000 acres have burned in California from 14 ongoing fires, the earliest of which sparked in September, the Los Angeles Times reports. Five of those fires started Thursday, and one began Friday.

What's happening: The Kincade fire, which started Thursday and has already blazed through 21,900 acres — namely in Northern California’s wine country — is currently the largest fire in the state. 50,000 people near the Tick fire in Santa Clarita were ordered to evacuate on Friday, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in the counties affected by those two wildfires.

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California wildfires: What you need to know

A firefighter controls a hotspot of the Maria Fire in Ventura County, Calif., on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

California firefighters are winning the fight against a series of wildfires in the state, with official figures showing most blazes at least 75% contained and several others fully contained or extinguished by Tuesday night. But authorities warn the fire danger isn't over yet.

What's new: A new report warns the fire season could continue through December. Firefighters were dealing with a new fire in a remote area of Lake County, near Clearlake. CalFire said the blaze, named the Eagle Fire, had burned 75 acres and was 56% contained by Tuesday evening.

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