Roughly 100,000 people have fled their homes in northern Los Angeles since Thursday when the Saddleridge Fire began. The cause of the fire is still unknown, CNN reported on Friday.
OCFA crews working on the “Saddle Ridge “ Fire last night.— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) October 11, 2019
OCFA has sent 2 strike teams (10 Engines) alone with our Colsen Type 1 night water dropping helicopter to assist in Los Angeles.
Our Helitanker dropped 16,000 gallons of water last night. pic.twitter.com/KS1ap2mgM8
The LA Fire Department said on Friday that the flames are only 13% contained.
The flood of people evacuating caused three major freeways to close. 25 homes were destroyed and 13,000 San Fernando Valley residences are at risk, the office of Governor Gavin Newsom reported.
LA Police Chief Michel Moore said during a press conference that rescue services are unable to guarantee that members of the public will be found and rescued if they opt to stay in their homes. He asked people to leave if asked to do so.
Schools in the Santa Clarita area, the San Fernando Valley, LA Mission College and California State University at Northridge closed on Friday. Roughly 40 schools in LA also chose not to hold classes due to poor air quality because of the fire.