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12 Oct 2019 | 08:38 AM UTC

US: State of emergency declared in California due to wildfires October 11 /update 2

United States of America News Alert

Governor and mayor issue state of emergency in California due to ongoing wildfires on October 11; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/12/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/14/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Los_Angeles). COUNTRY/REGION Greater Los Angeles, Riverside (California state)

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Event

The California state governor and Los Angeles mayor have each issued state of emergency declarations on Friday, October 11, due to ongoing wildfires in the state. The Saddleridge fire in Greater Los Angeles has burned over 7500 acres (3035 hectares) as of the evening (local time) on Friday.

While an estimated 100,000 residents were previously forced to evacuate under mandatory evacuation orders, some residents have been allowed back in or near their homes. Officials stated that the blaze is 13 percent contained as of Friday evening, though the danger is not over yet, as wind gusts can prompt another blaze at any moment. An estimated 1000 firefighters have been mobilized to control the fires.

Reports of poor air quality prompted school closures in the Los Angeles area.

No casualties have been reported in the Saddleridge fire, though one casualty was reported in the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa in Riverside county, which began on Thursday, October 10. That fire had burned through 820 acres (332 hectares) and was ten percent contained as of Friday evening.

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.

Context

Power cuts have been implemented in 34 counties in California as of October 9 due to the risk of wildfire.

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas 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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