Saddleridge Fire Could Create Air Issues for Some WeHo Residents

Live updates: California fires around northern Los Angeles

Saddle Ridge Fire burns dozens of homes in 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.

Thousands of acres have already been burned.

Authorities say the wind-driven wildfire burning along the northern tier of the city has damaged at least 25 homes and that 23,000 residences are under evacuation orders.

Four fast-moving wildfires swept through Southern California late Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate as humidity dropped and winds picked up, fire officials said.

Leaders give an update on the Saddleridge Fire burning near Sylmar, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch in Southern California. (Chava Sanchez/LAist) Evacuation centers filled up quickly after 100,000 people were told to evacuate their homes on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

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Southern California Edison cut off power to more than 21,000 customers under its Public Safety Power Shutdown in Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.

Evacuation centers are open for those forced to leave their homes, said LA mayor Eric Garcetti. Gusts may reach up to 30 miles per hour during the advisory period.

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.

Some of the wildfires started because of trees falling on power lines - trees that should have been cleared by PG&E due to their proximity to the lines.

The Saddleridge Fire, which started Thursday and exploded to 4,700 acres by Friday morning, jumped across the 210 and 5 freeways overnight as it spread into northern Los Angeles neighborhoods.

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The fire is about 823 acres (333 hectares) and 10% contained.

At least two other smaller wildfires prompted evacuations on Thursday as well.

Weather forecasters have warned of more strong winds and "extremely critical fire" conditions Friday and state authorities have issued their highest fire alert - a red flag warning. Last year, PG&E's fallen power lines started the deadliest wildfire in California's history.

For days, California utility companies have been preemptively cutting off power out of fear that high wind gusts could blow power lines into trees, sparking unsafe fires.

The outages have been hard for many residents, but particularly those with medical and health needs.

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