Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Firefighters Battle Blaze in Northern Los Angeles

Fire Burning in Granada Hills Porter Ranch Sylmar Blackens 4,600 Acres Live updates: California fires around northern Los Angeles
Travis Berry | 12 October, 2019, 00:28

Jerry Rowe uses a garden hose to save his home on Beaufait Avenue from the Saddleridge fire in Granada Hills, Calif., Oct. 11, 2019. "Those individuals placed not only themselves in imminent peril", but also first responders "because of our need and desire to try to rescue them".

A time exposure shows embers from the Saddleridge Fire blown by the wind in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles on October 11.

At a 7:30 a.m. press conference fire officials said the blaze was moving toward Santa Clarita.

"When you're told to leave, we mean for you to leave", Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said early Friday. "If we ask you to evacuate, please evacuate", he urged residents. Terrazas said that the wildfire was fed by sustained winds of 20-25 miles per hour (32-40 kph) with gusts over 50 miles per hour (80 kph) and relative humidity levels had fallen as low as 3 percent.

The outages, aimed at reducing the risk of fires during strong winds, will last up to a week for some customers.

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. "There are a lot of people trying to get into their neighborhoods".

210 Cramped-access highway in both directions between the 118 and 5 Freeways.

"Everything was engulfed in smoke and visibility was so low it was hard to drive". The user, @NoHoesVicente, zoomed in on advancing flames while driving on Interstate 5.

Many schools and universities were also closed in northern parts of the state as people stocked up on gasoline, water, batteries and other basics, with frustration mounting at the blackouts condemned by some as "third world".

Hagibis now a super typhoon
A unsafe tropical storm in the North Pacific Ocean has become even deadlier after strengthening to a super typhoon on October 6. They say the location of Super Typhoon Hagibis could change and will need to be watched closely in the coming days.

Patsy Zamora said as she drove on the freeway with the fire next to the truck route, she could feel the heat through the windows.

"Yes, I'm anxious, but I'm just shooting water everywhere to stop the fire from over here", the husband said.

It's the latest of several destructive that have erupted in Southern California amid critical fire weather conditions.

People have died, homes have been destroyed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated or displaced.

Approximately 25 homes and one commercial structure have been destroyed. The Sandalwood fire has burned over 800 acres and is 10% contained.

Residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, and 120 firefighters are assigned to the area. That's almost the size of New York's 840-acre Central Park.

For those in evacuation areas, there are a few shelter options.

Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized PG&E and ordinary customers complained about the inconveniences caused by the unprecedented blackouts that began midweek, with many wondering: Did the utility go too far in its attempt to ward off more deadly fires?

A wildfire is raging along the northern border of Los Angeles as powerful Santa Ana winds sweep Southern California.

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