Live updates: California fires around northern Los Angeles
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".
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 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.
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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.
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.
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