Officials announced that the Saddleridge Fire in Los Angeles county (California state) was 41 percent contained as of Sunday, October 13, as high winds that have impacted the area in recent days began to subside. The fire has burned over 8000 acres (3237 hectares) of land in the San Fernando Valley as of Sunday, prompting the evacuation of 23,000 people. A smoke warning remains in effect for much of Los Angeles due to poor air quality caused by the fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
Containment efforts are expected to continue over the coming days. Further evacuation orders are possible if the fire rapidly grows. 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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