Saddleridge Fire broke out around 9 p.m. Thursday in the Los Angeles Community of Sylmar in San Fernando Valley. The fire covered 4,700 acres and burned 25 homes, around 100,000 people were evacuated.1000 firefighters worked to prevent further damage to homes. The fire crossed over 210 Freeway and later 5 Freeway. Both highways were closed because of smoke. Interstate 405 was closed at State Road 118 and 14 Freeway were also closed.
The fire covered 7,500 acres and destroyed at least 31 structures, by Friday evening. No direct deaths have been reported, but on Thursday night in Porter Ranch, the man died of heart attack and one firefighter had an eye injury.
The Los Angeles Fire Department deemed the fire a “Major Emergency,” the highest classification there is for a fire emergency. The warning was expected to end at 6:00 p.m. Friday but extended 6:00 p.m. Saturday.
Los Angeles Rams football coach Sean McVay said three of the team’s players are among the people who have been evacuated.
Smoke Advisory is issued by South Coast Air Quality Management District, saying the fire has created unhealthy air in Reseda and also affected air quality in some portions of San Fernando Valley, Topango and Malibu.
More than two dozen schools are closed in Los Angeles due to the fire outbreak, also California State University, Northridge was closed on Friday.
Todd Hopkins, a division chief with the Riverside County Fire Department, said at a news conference Friday morning that 76 structures were destroyed in the fire and another 14 were damaged. The fire had burned 1.3 square miles and was 10% contained.
“It’s devastating beyond words,” Gov. Newsom said, according to the AP. “Losing a family member is horrific and to the extent, this was the reason why I hope that is investigated and I hope those responsible are held to account.”
Power lines are also affected due to fire, electricity cut off for more than 22,600 customers was reported in Southern California on Friday noon.