Firefighters Battle Blaze in Northern Los Angeles


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.

Flames from the Saddleridge Fire approach a home in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California, in the early morning hours of October 11, 2019.

The 210 Freeway has been shut down in both directions between the 5 and 118 freeways, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Four fast-moving wildfires swept through Southern California late Thursday, forcing thousands to evacuate as humidity dropped and winds picked up, fire officials said.

Dynamic fires are rapidly moving toward residential areas in southern California on Friday.

Firefighters check on homes in smoke from the Saddleridge fire in Sylmar, Calif.

The agency said there were no reported injuries at the time of writing.

About 12,700 homes were evacuated in the path of the Saddleridge fire. Many parts of the region are under red-flag warnings - meaning high fire risk - into Friday afternoon.

Residents in parts of Sylmar, as well as areas of Granada Hills and Porter Ranch north of Sesnon Boulevard, are all under evacuation orders.

Officials had to evacuate hundreds of teenagers incarcerated at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall facility in Sylmar, a facility that holds 278 teenagers, majority 15 to 18 years old. "Still was able to barely get through on the Interstate 5 north". Mandatory evacuations were also ordered for Oakridge Estates.

LAFD reports the fire is at 0% containment, with more than 1,000 firefighters assigned to combat it. Personnel from the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service are on the scene, helping with the effort.

Capt. Fernando Herrera of Cal Fire Riverside told CNN affiliate KABC: "Due to the Santa Ana wind influx, obviously this fire just completely went out of control". Both are about 10 percent contained.

"It started just eating up vegetation as fast as the eye can see".

In Northern California, utility Pacific Gas & Electric also cut power to hundreds of thousands of customers this week, similarly hoping to prevent wildfires during windy conditions.