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The Saddleridge fire burned near Sylmar, northern Los Angeles, and caused power outages, evacuations, and road closures. 

WorldAware is monitoring the situation closely and issuing ongoing alerts. 

 

Navigate to each of the alert updates below: 

Oct. 12: 9:37 p.m. EST | Critical AlertAuthorities lift evacuation orders for Saddleridge Fire in north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 12. Roads and highways reopen.

Oct. 12: 2:29 a.m. EST | Critical AlertSaddleridge Fire continues to burn near Sylmar, north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures continue.

Oct. 11: 4:52 p.m. EST | Warning AlertSaddleridge Fire continues to burn near Sylmar, north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures increase.

Oct. 11: 9:50 a.m. EST | Warning AlertFirefighters continue to respond to the Saddleridge Fire near Sylmar, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures ongoing.

Oct. 11: 3:46 a.m. EST | Warning Alert: Emergency crews responding to Saddleridge Fire in Sylmar, Los Angeles, Calif., US, late Oct. 10. Authorities issue evacuations orders.


Oct. 12: 9:37 p.m. EST | Critical Alert
Authorities lift evacuation orders for Saddleridge Fire in north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 12. Roads and highways reopen.

 

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This alert began 13 Oct 2019 01:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Oct 2019 12:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Parts of Los Angeles County near Ventura County 
  • Start Date: Late Oct. 10
  • Impact: Residual ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

As of evening, Oct. 12, authorities lifted all mandatory evacuation orders associated with Saddleridge fire, following a 19-percent containment. The fire was approximately 3056 hectares (7,552 acres) in size that prompted a response by around 1000 firefighters. Officials also lifted restrictions earlier imposed on highways.

Emergency shelters for displaced residents at Lanark Recreation Center, Mason Park, Branford Recreation Center, Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, Northridge Recreation Center, Balboa Recreation Center, and Granada Hills Recreation Center remain open. Sylmar Recreation Center facility is at full capacity. Evacuation centers for large animals at Hansen Dam and Pierce College also remain open.

The fire damaged around 31 structures and prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 23,000 homes, which account for approximately 100,000 people. Authorities in California State and the city of Los Angeles had both declared a state of emergency. At least one person has died due to the fire, as a result of a heart attack.

Residual traffic disruption is likely during re-entry periods. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region. Power outages are possible in the coming days as restoration work continues.


 

Advice

Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals in nearby areas should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.


Oct. 12: 2:29 a.m. EST | Critical Alert
Saddleridge Fire continues to burn near Sylmar, north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures continue.

 

 

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This alert began 12 Oct 2019 06:21 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Oct 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Parts of Los Angeles County near Ventura County 
  • Start Date: Late Oct. 10
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

As of late Oct. 11, crews continue working to contain a wildfire that is burning west of Sylmar, in northern Los Angeles, Calif. Around 1700 Oct. 11, the Saddleridge fire was approximately 3052 hectares (7,542 acres) in size and was 13-percent contained. More than 1,000 firefighters are on site battling the blaze, which broke out late Oct. 10 near the 210 Freeway. Authorities in California State and the city of Los Angeles have both declared state of emergency. The fire has damaged at least 31 structures and has prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 23,000 homes, which account for approximately 100,000 people. At least one person has died due to the fire, as a result of a heart attack. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire.

Officials have issued the following mandatory evacuation orders, which will persist until firefighters increase containment percentages:

  • Porter Ranch north of 118 Freeway from Reseda to Iverson
  • Oakridge Estates north of 210 Freeway
  • West of Balboa, north of Senson to the Ventura County border

Emergency shelters for displaced residents are located at Lanark Recreation Center, Northridge Recreation Center, and Granada Hills Recreation Center. Two other evacuation centers at the Sylmar Recreation Center and Mason Park are at full capacity. Authorities have also opened two evacuation centers for large animals at Hansen Dam and Pierce College. Reports indicate that authorities reopened areas south of 118 Freeway, previously under evacuation zone.

 

Transport

The Saddleridge Fire has caused localized transport disruptions. As of 1700 Oct. 11, officials reopened northbound and southbound lanes on 5 Freeway, going through Sylmar. Several streets in Sylmar, Granada Hills, and Porter Ranch reportedly remain closed, along with the following major roads:

  • 210 Freeway: in both directions between the 118 and 5 Freeways
  • 118 Freeway: from Balboa Boulevard to De Soto Avenue
  • Southbound 14 Freeway: between 126 and 5 Freeways
  • Northbound 405 Freeway: between 118 and 5 Freeways

Authorities have also called on residents and visitors to avoid the San Fernando Valley if they do not need to be in the area. Anticipate the status of nearby roads to change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close routes within the wildfire area and evacuated communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Due to poor air quality, several schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Santa Clara Valley, and Ventura County have closed, as well as the California State Northridge College, the College of the Canyons, Pierce College, and Los Angeles Mission College.


 

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.
 


Oct. 11: 4:52 p.m. EST | Warning Alert
Saddleridge Fire continues to burn near Sylmar, north Los Angeles, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures increase.

 

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This alert began 11 Oct 2019 20:49 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Oct 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Parts of Los Angeles County near Ventura County 
  • Start Date: Late Oct. 10
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

As of Oct. 11, crews continue working to contain a wildfire that is burning west of Sylmar, in northern Los Angeles, Calif. As of midday Oct. 11, the Saddleridge fire was approximately 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) in size and was 0-percent contained. More than 1,000 firefighters are on site battling the blaze, which broke out late Oct. 10 near the 210 Freeway. The fire has damaged at least 25 structures and has prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 13,000 homes, which account for approximately 100,000 people. At least one person has died due to the fire, as a result of a heart attack. The fire continues to move northwest toward Santa Clarita, and strong winds may hamper efforts to contain it. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire.

Officials have issued the following mandatory evacuation orders, which will persist until firefighters increase containment percentages:

  • Porter Ranch north of 118 Freeway from Reseda to Iverson
  • Oakridge Estates north of 210 Freeway
  • West of Balboa, north of Senson to the Ventura County border

Emergency shelters for displaced residents are located at Lanark Recreation Center, Northridge Recreation Center, and Mason Park. Two other evacuation centers at the Sylmar Recreation Center and the Granada Hills Recreation Center are at full capacity. Authorities have also opened two evacuation centers for large animals at Hansen Dam and Pierce College.

 

Transport

The Saddleridge Fire has caused localized transport disruptions. As of Oct. 11, several streets in Sylmar, Granada Hills, and Porter Ranch are closed, as well as the following major roads:

  • 210 Freeway: In both directions between the 118 and 5 Freeways
  • 5 Freeway: Between Roxford Street and Calgrove Boulevard
  • Southbound 14 Freeway: at Newhall Pass
  • Northbound 405 Freeway: at 118 Freeway

Authorities have also called on residents and visitors to avoid the San Fernando Valley if they do not need to be in the area. Anticipate the status of nearby roads to change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close routes within the wildfire area and evacuated communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Due to poor air quality, several schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Santa Clara Valley, and Ventura County have closed, as well as the California State Northridge College, the College of the Canyons, Pierce College, and Los Angeles Mission College.


 

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

 


Oct. 11: 9:50 a.m. EST | Warning Alert
Firefighters continue to respond to the Saddleridge Fire near Sylmar, Calif., US, Oct. 11. Evacuations and road closures ongoing.

 

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This alert began 11 Oct 2019 13:46 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Oct 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Parts of Los Angeles County near Ventura County 
  • Start Date: Late Oct. 10
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

Crews continue working to contain a wildfire that is burning near Sylmar, in northern Los Angeles, Calif. As of early Oct. 11, the Saddleridge fire was approximately 1,860 hectares (4,600 acres) in size and zero-percent contained. Dozens of firefighters are on site battling the blaze, which broke out late Oct. 10 near the 210 Freeway. The fire has destroyed several houses and has prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 12,000 homes. There are no confirmed injuries or deceased associated with the fire. The fire continues to move west, towards Granada Hills and Porter Ranch, and strong winds may hamper efforts to contain it. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire.

Officials have issued the following mandatory evacuation orders, which will persist until firefighters increase containment percentages:

  • Oakridge Estates north of 210 Freeway
  • All of Porter Ranch from Reseda to De Soto
  • West of Balboa, north of Senson to the Ventura County border

Emergency shelters are available for displaced residents at the Sylmar Recreation Center, Mason Park, and the Granada Hills Recreation Center.

 

Transport

The Saddleridge Fire Mendocino Complex has caused localized transport disruptions. As of early Oct. 11, several streets in Sylmar, Granada Hills, and Porter Ranch are closed, as well as the following major roads:

  • 210 Freeway: In both directions between the 118 and 5 Freeways
  • 5 Freeway: At Newhall Pass

Anticipate the status of nearby roads to change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close routes within the wildfire area and evacuated communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

 

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.


 


Oct. 11: 3:46 a.m. EST | Warning Alert
Emergency crews responding to Saddleridge Fire in Sylmar, Los Angeles, Calif., US, late Oct. 10. Authorities issue evacuations orders.

 

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This alert began 11 Oct 2019 07:42 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 Oct 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Sylmar, Los Angeles, Calif. 
  • Start Date: Late Oct. 10
  • Impact: Evacuations, ground transport disruptions, power outages

 

Summary

Emergency crews are working to contain a wildfire that is burning in Sylmar, northern Los Angeles, Calif. As of late early Oct. 11, the fire was approximately 36 hectares (90 acres) in size, including approximately 12 hectares (30 acres) west of I-5 that is spreading west toward Porter Ranch and Chatsworth. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire; hot, dry, and windy conditions may hamper firefighting efforts over the coming days, and additional wildfire growth is likely.

 

Evacuations

Due to the fire's growth, authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in Oakridge Estates, Balboa, and Tampa north of Sesnon Boulevard. Emergency shelters for displaced residents are located at the Sylmar and Granada Hills recreation centers. Authorities could expand the mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions.

 

Transport and Utilities

The wildfire has caused localized transport disruptions. Authorities have closed both directions of the I-210 between SR-118 and I-5, as well as the northbound I-5 Truck Route. Anticipate the status of nearby roads to change over the coming hours and days; authorities could close routes within the wildfire complex and evacuated communities due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during re-entry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region. Transport disruptions may occur along nearby sections of I-210 and I-5. Power outages are also likely; authorities have reportedly turned off electrical transmission lines in the affected area to facilitate fire-fighting operations.

 

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours will cause increased congestion and delays. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.