Wildfires broke across Southland in Greater Los Angeles in the late evening (local time) on Thursday, October 10. The Saddleridge fire began as humidity dropped, temperatures rose and winds picked up. Firefighters were reporting zero percent containment in the early hours of Friday, October 11.
Authorities have implemented mandatory evacuation orders and evacuation warning along the 118 highway and 210 freeway. Several road closures have been implemented near these areas.
Further spread of the fire remains possible in the coming several hours and days. A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the wildfires and evacuation zones.
Power cuts have been implemented in 34 counties in California as of October 9 due to the risk of wildfire.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation notices, road closures), and exercise caution when traveling near the wildfire. Children and those with respiratory illness are advised to limit outdoor activity.
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