As of the morning (local time) of Friday, October 11, an estimated 100,00 residents have been forced to evacuate across Greater Los Angeles (California state) due to a pair of wildires. The Saddleridge fire, which has burned over 4700 acres of land across the San Fernando Valley, has reportedly destroyed 25 homes in Sylmar and Porter Ranch and caused several highway closures. As of Friday morning, at least one person has been killed by the blaze, which remains completely uncontained. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Sandalwood fire, which ignited Thursday evening, has destroyed approximately 820 acres of land in Riverside County. Only 10 percent of the blaze has been contained as of Friday.
Further spread of the fires 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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