Brush fire prompts evacuations in Sylmar

Brush fire prompts evacuations in Sylmar

Jerry Rowe uses a garden hose to save his home on Beaufait Avenue from the Saddleridge fire in Granada Hills, Calif., Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

A lorry with burning rubbish sparked another fire on Thursday east of LA.

While we don't have to worry about an actual fire, unsafe weather conditions associated with the Saddleridge fire may have an impact on West Hollywood.

All personnel from Los Angeles Fire and Police departments who live in the Santa Clarita or Antelope valleys reporting for work this morning were asked to meet at the Chili's parking lot at McBean Parkway and The Old Road in Santa Clarita, where they will be escorted through the Newhall Pass, according to LAPD Sgt.

Lois Arvickson called her son from her cellphone to say she was evacuating shortly after the blaze was reported in the Calimesa area, Turner said while with family members at an evacuation center.

The agency adds, "Wind gusts between 45 and 55 miles per hour are expected across coastal and valley areas, with gusts between 55 and 75 miles per hour in the foothills and mountains".

Fire officials said residents in Granada Hills, Porter Ranch and Chatsworth should be prepared to evacuate.

Authorities have opened shelters for residents forced to abandon their homes.

The Saddleridge Fire has consumed over 4,700 acres in the San Fernando valley, just north of Los Angeles, and is 0% contained.

Some of the wildfires started because of trees falling on power lines - trees that should have been cleared by PG&E due to their proximity to the lines.

Several fires broke out across Southern California Thursday and continue to burn on Friday.

In Riverside County, where the Sandalwood Fire has scorched 823 acres, smoke production from the blaze has had minimal Friday morning.

At least two other smaller wildfires prompted evacuations on Thursday as well.

Southern California Edison cut power to nearly 24,000 customers Thursday to prevent wildfires caused by high winds downing live power equipment. Many parts of the region are under red-flag warnings - meaning high fire risk - into Friday afternoon. Last year, PG&E's fallen power lines started the deadliest wildfire in California's history.

By late Thursday, PG&E announced it had restored power to more than half of those affected, and about 312,000 remained without electricity.

Local media report that many breastfeeding mothers have been banding together, connecting via online groups to share access to freezers and tips on how to store milk.

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