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Saddleridge Fire Burns in Hills Above North LA Neigborhood

Saddleridge Fire Burns in Hills Above North LA Neigborhood”

There were no reports of injuries, but authorities ordered mandatory evacuations in the Granada Hills, Porter Ranch and Oakridge Estates neighborhoods. "The fire is in such a dynamic state, we're just trying to protect homes", the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. The Los Angeles Fire Department web site has details about evacuations, however, at times the site has been non-responsive.

About 23,000 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders affecting roughly 100,000 residents north of the 118 all the way west to the Ventura County line.

Classes in the Santa Clarita area are being canceled, an official said in a news conference. "Still was able to barely get through on the Interstate 5 north".

The Aliso Canyon gas blowout lasted almost four months and was blamed for sickening thousands of Los Angeles residents, who moved out of their Porter Ranch homes to escape a sulfurous stench and a medley of maladies including headaches, nausea and nosebleeds.

The Saddleridge fire was burning close to the Aliso Canyon gas facility, which was the site of the largest release of methane in USA history.

Flames spread up a hillside near firefighters at the Blue Cut Fire on August 18, 2016, near Wrightwood, California. The Sandalwood fire has burned over 800 acres and is 10% contained. The fire started when trash being hauled caught fire and the driver dumped the load beside a road, according to Riverside county officials.

Southern California Edison cut power to nearly 24,000 customers Thursday to prevent wildfires caused by high winds downing live power equipment.

Less than 20 miles away in Moreno Valley, the Reche Fire has burned at least 350 acres and was 10% contained Thursday evening.

It's one of eight active wildfires burning in California days after power was shut off to hundreds of thousands of people in an effort to prevent fires.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, and misidentified the agency he leads.

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