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Massive Saddleridge fire threatening hundreds of homes: Here are the details

Massive Saddleridge fire threatening hundreds of homes: Here are the details

The fires come amid Southern California Edison's decision to cut electricity of 20,000 homes in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties on Thursday, but thousands more could be affected later.

The so-called Saddleridge Fire started Thursday night around 9:00 p.m. local time along the northern rim of the San Fernando Valley and nearly immediately exploded from 60 acres to over 4,000 acres (1,619 hectares) overnight - jumping across the 210 and 5 freeways. The fire started near Sylmar northeast of the interchange of the 210 and 5 freeways, jumped those highways and kept running to the southwest north of the 118 near the densely populated Granada Hills area.

A firefighter waits for water as the Saddleridge fire flares up near homes in Sylmar, Calif., Oct. 10, 2019. Though customers, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, criticized the move, the utility company said it already found cases where the power lines could have sparked fires. A total of 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to battle the Saddleridge Fire.

Due to the dry and rapid Santa Ana winds, there is concern that power lines could catch fire or current blazes could spread to other areas of the state.

Officials had to evacuate hundreds of teenagers incarcerated at the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall facility in Sylmar, a facility that holds 278 teenagers, a lot of them 15 to 18 years old.

The Saddleridge Fire is one of several burning in Southern California.

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The fire is one of multiple fires in the California region.

At a windy press conference this morning, fire officials reported that some evacuations centers are nearing capacity.

Fire officials say the blaze is moving rapidly northward toward Santa Clarita. "Still was able to barely get through on the Interstate 5 north".

The fire erupted around 10 p.m. near the westbound 210 Freeway near Yarnell Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all of Porter Ranch and Oakridge Estates.

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

The Wendy Fire in nearby Newbury Park was burning at 90 acres and 25 percent containment around 1 a.m. Friday.