Published On: Sun, Oct 13th, 2019

Saddleridge fire latest: Los Angeles AT RISK as Santa Ana winds whip up blaze | World | News

The Saddleridge fire began in the evening of Thursday, October 10, and has quickly spread out of control. This just one of eight vicious wildfires raging across California, with three dead and more than 100,000 displace already as fire season wreaks havoc.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), the Saddleridge fire has claimed 7,965 acres already.

The LAFD have a 33 percent containment line on the blaze which was sparked by a truck dumping burning trash.

While the 25,000 residents who were forced to evacuate have been tentatively allowed to return, they have been told to remain vigilant, and some have found their homes destroyed.

Approximately 1,000 fire personnel have been deployed to battle the fire and evacuation centres remain open in case residents need to leave again.

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Current LAFD reports show 21 structures have been totally destroyed, with a further 11 damaged.

The LAFD said: “The Santa Ana wind event that has driven the growth of this fire has expired, and has been replaced by a the normal on-shore weather pattern characterised by cooler daytime conditions, increased relative humidity and wind gusts at a maximum of 20 mph.

“The pattern will result in firefighters improving and expanding containment lines.

“However, challenges could arise should the wind shift and align with the terrain and unburnt fuels.”

The Saddleridge Fire also shut down the 210 freeway in both directions between the 5 and 118 freeways, according to the California Highway Patrol, but they have since reopened.

Of the thousands of acres burned by this fire, 735 acres is from the Angeles National Forest.

As a result, a large section of the fires will be closed until May 2020.

Residents can check HERE for updated information on open evacuation centres, road closures and fire developments.

The state is on high alert this year after 2018’s fire season proved one of the deadliest and most destructive ever recorded.

A total of 8,527 fires burned a total area of 1,893,913 acres, killing 97 civilians and six firefighters.

This year, power company PG&E cut electricity to parts of 22 counties, including portions of the San Francisco Bay Area, as a wildfire prevention method.

The planned outage was to prevent power lines felled by strong winds sparking fires.

Last year, PG&E’s fallen power lines started some of the deadliest wildfires in California’s history.

PG&E has now begun restoring power, though more than 300,000 customers remained in the dark as into the weekend.

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