Officials have confirmed one person has died due to the ongoing Saddleridge Fire in Los Angeles county (California state) on Saturday, October 12. As of Saturday night (local time), the fire has burned over 7900 acres (3200 hectares) in the San Fernando Valley and is 33 percent contained. All previous evacuation orders have been lifted, but some 17,000 structures remain threatened by the blaze, which has destroyed 21 buildings. Around 1000 firefighters have been deployed to contain the fire. The California state governor and Los Angeles mayor issued state of emergency declarations on Friday, October 11.
Containment efforts are expected to continue over the coming days. Further evacuation orders are possible if the fire rapidly grows. Fire danger warnings remained at “extreme” (the highest level) on Saturday. Up-to-date information can be found on the Cal Fire website.
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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