Saddleridge Fire, 35 homes burned by 7500 acres burned in North Los Angeles

Saddleridge Fire

A map of the perimeter of the Saddleridge fire is presented below and an updated list of evacuation centers is at the end of this article.

While the Santa Ana winds are still threatening to ignite the flames of the Saddleridge fire, which burns through the wildlands at the northern end of the San Fernando Valley, mandatory evacuations remain in place and around the ranch Wear night.

Since Sylmar erupted Thursday night, Saddleridge’s fire has reached 7,500 hectares and is under control at 13%. It was burned not as a massive front, but as multiple blisters lit by gusty winds, tearing Sylmar, Porter Ranch, and Granada Hills.

“It’s not the fire itself, but the danger that the wind carries coal and hunt it somewhere and that entire neighborhoods are lit up at night,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tonight. during a conference. Press.

As of tonight, 35 houses were damaged and 13 structures were completely lost, according to Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas.

“I have seen burns that have reached the backyard of hundreds, if not thousands, of houses,” Terrazas said. “It took a lot of effort and it is surprising not to have serious injuries to the firefighters.”

A red flag warning from the National Weather Service is in effect until 18:00. Saturday in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. Northeast winds are expected to blow in the valley Saturday between 20 and 35 mph.

“It only takes one ember to light another fire,” Terrazas said. “The embers in this fire have traveled in favor of the wind of more than one kilometer, so we are very, very careful in allowing the repopulation.”

Most active llamas remained in the hills north of the valley, where houses are not endangered. But Los Angeles County Fire Chief David Richardson warned residents not to be fooled by what might seem like a break.

“There are a lot of open firing lines, a great potential for the continued growth of this fire,” he said.

The entire Porter Ranch, with part of Sylmar, remains subject to mandatory evacuation orders.

The authorities said this afternoon that the most important thing is to allow people to return home, but that many areas are still too dangerous to enter, even in the absence of active lamas.

“The fact that there is no smoke does not mean there is no danger,” said Los Angeles City Councilor John Lee, whose district includes Porter Ranch and Granada Hills.

The fire broke out around 9 pm Thursday near Highway 210 on Yarnell Street in Sylmar, in gusts of 50 mph and humidity as low as 3%. The flames spread west and south after jumping off Highway 5 and extending to the “northernmost limits” of Porter Ranch.

“You can imagine that the embers thrown by the wind have traveled a significant distance,” Terrazas said. Television reporters on stage described the shoot as a “whack-a-mole” game. Richardson described the Thursday night winds as “devastating”.

Evacuations are carried out at Porter Ranch, north of Route 118, from Reseda to Iverson; Oakridge Estates, north of Highway 210; and in the western area of ​​Balboa, north of Sesnon, as far as the Ventura County border, with DeSoto as the western border. Evacuations south of 118 have been removed.

All mandatory evacuation zones will remain closed until Saturday, although residents of the north of 118 may be escorted by the police to collect their personal belongings, drugs or other essential items, said the police chief. Los Angeles, Michel Moore, tonight. . Residents must show proof of identity to Porter Ranch Towncenter at 118 Ronald Reagan Avenue, Northridge, CA 91326 or 11133 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344.

In addition, several major highways remain closed, including parts of Routes 5, 14, 118, 210 and 405. Caltrans provides information on detours. “We encourage people to avoid the entire San Fernando Valley area if they do not need it,” said a spokesman.

As of tonight, two lanes were opened in both directions on Highway 5.