California Fire Prompts Nearly 13,000 Evacuations, Threatens Homes and Thousands of Acres

California Fire Prompts Nearly 13,000 Evacuations, Threatens Homes and Thousands of Acres

A fast-growing, wind-driven wildfire swept into the northern Los Angeles area overnight, forcing hurried evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, closing portions of at least three major freeways and sending firefighters scrambling to save homes.

Interested in Wildfires? Add Wildfires as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Wildfires news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

A number of colleges and other schools have closed Friday because of the fire, including California State University Northridge and Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar. Jerry Rowe uses a garden hose to save his home on Beaufait Avenue from the Saddleridge fire in Granada Hills, Calif., Oct. 11, 2019.

The fire had burned through more than 4,000 acres with zero containment by Friday morning, according to an update from the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

A commercial building was destroyed by the blaze, called the Saddleridge Fire, authorities reported. "As you can imagine the embers from the wind have been traveling a significant distance which causes another fire to start", Terrazas said.


Wildfires from the Saddleridge Fire in northern California are seen from the air, October 10 2019.

About 23,000 homes - involving roughly 100,000 people - have been told to evacuate in the northern Los Angeles area because of the Saddleridge Fire, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Friday.

A fast-moving fire spurred on by high winds broke out in Los Angeles on Thursday night, burning down more than 4,000 acres and multiple homes, and forcing the evacuation of almost 13,000 people in the San Fernando Valley.

The Saddleridge Fire is one of several burning in Southern California. Residents will not be allowed back in until it is safe, he said. Neighborhoods within 20 miles northwest of central Los Angeles were impacted by the evacuations, which were confirmed by the city's Mayor Eric Garcetti. It has burned at least 500 acres and was at least 10% contained.

Red Flag Warnings have been extended through Saturday evening for large parts of Southern California.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Domino's 0, disabled 1 in Monday Supreme Court action
The decision comes five years after the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case that barred similar claims under federal law . The court found that applies to the chain's website and app, even though they're often used outside of Domino's restaurants.

New Poster for Disney Pixar's Onward Has Two and a Half Heroes
For example, we had no clue what character Spencer would be voicing before the official trailer was released. Tom Holland voices Ian Lightfoot, and Chris Pratt voices his brother Barney Lightfoot.

UK, Ireland leaders agree Brexit deal 'possible'
The main stumbling block remains how the U.K.'s only land border, between Britain and Ireland, is dealt with. The pair are attempting to strike a deal before the proposed Brexit date of October 31.

OneUI 2.0 Based on Android 10 Coming to Galaxy S10 Lineup Soon
The impending Galaxy S11 flagship may also forfeit the headphone jack after Samsung axed it on the Galaxy Note 10 . In fact, Samsung may introduce the Galaxy S11, S11+, and S11e, following this year's models.

DJs face crisis with the official end of iTunes
The update has been filled with getting rid of the old and introducing new features, which is a great move that Apple has pulled. Catalina officially gets rid of iTunes on your Apple devices in favor of separate apps for music , movies, podcasts, and TV.

Other news