A man stomps on flames of the Saddleridge Fire in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, in the early morning hours of October 11, 2019.
The fire's jumped the 210 and 5 freeways, and some parts are closed in both directions as orange embers lit up the night sky.
At that time it had gutted 60 acres before growing to 1,600 acres about an hour later. At least 10 schools are closed today as a result of the fire and California State University Northridge, which has about 30,000 undergraduate students, announced that its campus would be closed Friday due to the fire. A total of 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to battle the Saddleridge Fire.
The massive fire burning in Granada Hills, Porter Ranch and Sylmar has prompted several freeway closures in the area this morning.
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.
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Strong Santa Ana winds, coupled with the area's dry chaparral landscape, have helped fuel the fire. In an email responding to questions, they said multiple fire engines and firefighters from the city and county were fighting the fire "in and around the Aliso Canyon facility".
The National Weather Service said a wind advisory and a red flag warning are in effect. Several homes in Granada HIlls caught fire Friday morning. "Still was able to barely get through on the Interstate 5 north".
Another blaze - the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, some 70 miles east of Los Angeles - has destroyed at least 74 structures since it began Thursday afternoon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Mandatory evacuations were also ordered for Oakridge Estates.
"It started just eating up vegetation as fast as the eye can see".
Thousands of homes and businesses in California were hit with forced power outages in the days previous, as part of the Pacific Gas and Electric Co's attempt to prevent wildfires being sparked by downed power lines.