Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in Sonoma and Los Angeles counties (California state) at approximately 10:30 (local time) on Friday, October 25, as multiple fires in the area continue to spread. The Tick fire, which broke out on the afternoon of Thursday, October 24, near Santa Clarita, is only 5 percent contained as of Friday morning. It has burned more than 4300 acres (1740 hectares) across Los Angeles county and threatens at least 10,000 structures. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for Ventura and Los Angeles counties, which will remain in effect throughout the day. Evacuation orders remain in effect for approximately 50,000 residents in Los Angeles county. Some roads have been closed and several structures have been burned. Up-to-date information can be found on the county emergency website here.
The blazes are anticipated to continue spreading over the coming hours and days. High winds are forecast across California through Sunday, October 27. Further evacuation orders, road closures, and power outages are expected in the vicinity of the wildfire and evacuation zones.
Individuals in Los Angeles county 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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