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US Firefighters seek upper hand against Saddleridge fire, with help from the weather

22:10  12 october  2019
22:10  12 october  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Bronx fire: 10 injured, including 9 firefighters, in New York City apartment fire

  Bronx fire: 10 injured, including 9 firefighters, in New York City apartment fire A fire tore through an apartment building in the Bronx on Friday night, injuring 10 people -- including nine responding firefighters -- before it was brought under control hours later, officials said. The fire was first reported around 8:15 p.m., and started on the sixth floor of the building in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the New York City borough, drawing scores of firefighters to the scene, the New York City Fire Department said.None of the 10 who were hurt had life-threatening injuries, said Lillian Bonsignore, chief of emergency medical services for FDNY.

The Saddleridge Fire in California started late night on October 10 around 9 p.m. Pacific and quickly exploded in size. Here’s a look at maps and updates for the fire , including evacuation maps to help you know the latest evacuation notices in your region. Evacuation Maps for the Saddleridge Fire .

Weather Conditions Improve for Firefighters in California Wildfires. Eyad Jarjour looks at his neighbor's burned house after flames from the Saddleridge Fire tore A helicopter drops water to help fight flames on the Saddleridge Fire in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles on Friday, Oct.

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‘NCIS’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘Bless This Mess’ & ‘Party Of Five’ Among TV Series Shut Down By California Wildfires

  ‘NCIS’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘Bless This Mess’ & ‘Party Of Five’ Among TV Series Shut Down By California Wildfires As the first major Los Angeles area wildfire this fall broke out Thursday night, claiming homes, shutting down major freeways and prompting evacuations, it also impacted production on several TV series in the affected areas of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Production on ABC/20th TV sophomore comedy series Bless This Mess, which shootsProduction on ABC/20th TV sophomore comedy seriesBless This Mess, which shoots at Santa Clarita’s Sable Ranch, was suspended due to the Saddleridge fire, as was production on freshman NBC/20th TV comedy Perfect Harmony, which films in Chatsworth.

Saddleridge Fire being fueled by dry conditions and wind gusts of up to 70 mph. A helicopter drops water to help fight the Saddleridge Fire in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told reporters Friday morning a man died of cardiac arrest Thursday night

The Saddleridge fire near Los Angeles has consumed 7,500 acres though winds are easing up. More than 1,000 firefighters were trying to contain the fires driven by the dry, desert winds. “As you can imagine, the embers from the wind have been traveling a significant distance, which causes

Firefighters were hoping to take advantage of favorable weather conditions on Saturday to get the upper hand on the Saddleridge fire, a sprawling blaze that has torched the hills of the northwest San Fernando Valley, burning more than 7,500 acres, shutting down freeways and driving thousands of residents from their homes.

Slightly cooler temperatures and lighter winds turning onshore later were expected to aid firefighters in their third day battling the fire, which extends from Porter Ranch to Sylmar, officials said. As of Saturday morning, the fire was 19% contained.

a group of people on a field: NEWHALL, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2019 — A firefighters clear brush and mop up hillside along Freeway 14 that is closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to Saddle Ridge fire in on Friday October 11, 2019 Newhall. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times) © Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times NEWHALL, CA - OCTOBER 11, 2019 — A firefighters clear brush and mop up hillside along Freeway 14 that is closed to traffic through Newhall Pass due to Saddle Ridge fire in on Friday October 11, 2019 Newhall. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

40 horses were rescued from a burning ranch in California

  40 horses were rescued from a burning ranch in California Forty horses trapped at an equestrian center in Sylmar, California, during the Saddleridge Fire were rescued after a ranch worker reached out for help on social media. © KCBS Forty horses — captured on tape being spooked and panicked during a brush fire that came dangerously close to their ranch Thursday evening — all made it to safety. The fire, which started Thursday and quickly spread to more than 7,500 acres, left schools canceled, highways shut down and over 100,000 people scrambling to evacuate.

The Saddleridge Fire is a wildfire actively burning in Los Angeles County, California. The fire broke out on the evening of 10 October, and spread rapidly after its ignition

The blaze, dubbed the Saddleridge fire , began on Thursday night and had raced across some 7,500 acres (3,035 hectares) by midday Friday, growing Water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers loaded with flame retardant fought the Los Angeles blaze from the air as ground crews battled at

Red-flag warnings remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday, but Santa Ana winds are expected to weaken throughout the day and be replaced by an onshore sea breeze later in the day, officials said. Humidity levels ranged from 20% down to 5% within the fire zone.

"We are prepared for any flare-ups, as they occur," Los Angeles Fire Capt. Branden Silverman said Saturday.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, officials said. But investigators are checking on

reports that flames were seen coming from a power line as the fire started on Thursday night. Sylmar residents told KNBC and KABC that they saw a fire burning at the base of a transmission tower near Saddle Ridge Drive, an area investigators are examining as a possible ignition point.

"We are aware of a story out there in the media from a witness who saw fire ... from a transmission tower," Los Angeles Fire Dept. Chief Ralph Terrazas said Friday night. "We believe that witness, and someone else who said something similar."

3 deaths connected to fires that swept through Southern California

  3 deaths connected to fires that swept through Southern California The fires that have hit Southern California have been linked to three deaths as officials on Sunday continue to gain ground. In the Saddleridge fire that swept across the San Fernando Valley foothills, a man in his late 50s died after suffering a heart attack while talking with firefighters early Friday.

Firefighters check on homes in smoke from the Saddleridge fire in Sylmar, Calif. Michael Owen Baker/AP. "A moderate to strong Santa Ana wind event will continue to bring dangerous fire weather conditions to most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through late Friday afternoon," NWS said in

At the Saddleridge fire on Friday morning, some families in Porter Ranch began returning to their homes as firefighters were still pulling hoses across soaked, charred lawns and “You can imagine the embers from the wind have been traveling at significant distances, which cause other fires to start.”

The tower belongs to Southern California Edison and was energized Thursday night, said Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun, but the utility was not taking responsibility for the fire.

"Determining the cause and origin of the fire is a lengthy process. A priority right now is ensuring the safety of our customers, employees, and first responders," she said Saturday.

Though the utility shut off power for thousands of customers beginning Wednesday specifically to lower the risk of destructive fire, the area of Sylmar where the fire started was not included in the shutdown.

."We did not de-energize any power for the Saddle Ridge fire area," Jeun said. 

As of Saturday morning about 870 Edison customers across four counties were still without power as a precaution, she said. Most are in Ventura County, though affected customers are also in Kern, L.A. and San Bernardino counties. After the current Santa Ana wind event passes, crews must go out to check the power lines and ensure there's no downed or damaged equipment before the lines can be reenergized, she said.

Saddleridge fire calms down, heavy rains on East Coast

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Conditions improve but fires that took two lives and 200 homes still burn in the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and Hunter.

— Fire officials say crews made considerable progress overnight against a wildfire in a San The fire in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County was 45 percent contained as of The fire burned nearly 11 square miles. Cooler weather has helped firefighters contain 40 percent of the blaze.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for roughly 23,000 homes north of the 118 Freeway from Tampa Avenue west to the Ventura County line. But some residents began returning to their homes Friday night.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom both issued emergency declarations. The governor's office said it has obtained a federal grant to help offset the costs of fighting the Saddleridge fire and others in the state.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury to his eye while battling the blaze, and a man in his late 50s died after suffering a heart attack while talking with firefighters early Friday, officials said.

Friday afternoon, the wind was pushing the fire west into residential neighborhoods in Porter Ranch and farther west to less-populated areas approaching Rocky Peak Park near the Ventura County line, Silverman said.

He said the wildfire was similar to the 2008 Sayre fire, which leveled the Oakridge Estates mobile home park and was one of the most destructive wildfires in Los Angeles history.

Longtime Porter Ranch resident Caroline Walden, as she prepared Saturday morning to leave the emergency shelter in Granada Hills where she spent the night, said she had lost one home in a fire about a decade ago.

This time she was ready — the emergency kit of essentials was assembled and the photo albums were in the car. She and her two daughters left their home early Friday morning as the blaze marched toward more populated areas.

Another utility-sparked wildfire? SoCal Edison alerts state regulators it had malfunction at start of Saddleridge Fire

  Another utility-sparked wildfire? SoCal Edison alerts state regulators it had malfunction at start of Saddleridge Fire A Southern California utility company alerted state regulators that it suffered an electrical malfunction that may be linked to the damaging Saddleridge Fire burning in Los Angeles County, state officials told The Chronicle on Monday. The report by Southern California Edison to the California Public Utilities Commission was similar to one made by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. last year in the days following the Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in California history. State investigators later concluded that PG&E equipment sparked the fire.

The Saddleridge fire , which broke out about 9 p.m. Thursday on the north side of the 210 Freeway in Sylmar amid strong Santa Ana winds, spread rapidly More than 1,000 firefighters from multiple agencies continued attacking the blaze from the air and ground and by Friday afternoon conditions

Cool temps, wet weather help crews battling fire . Firefighters were back into some of the burned areas going over containment lines. This weather has really helped us. There were stormy skies near the ice house reservoir.

At the recreation center, her two daughters sat with their two pugs Franny and Albert along with their cat.

"I have my real children and fuzzy children," said Walden, 56. "That's what matters."

The Saddleridge fire broke out about 9 p.m. Thursday on the north side of the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. It has since at times forced shutdowns of portions of the 210, 5, 405, 14 and 118 freeways.

Except for some truck routes and a few on- and off-ramps, all freeways were reopened by Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the 825-acre Sandalwood fire in Riverside County was 25% contained as of Saturday morning, officials said. The fire has burned more than 70 structures, mostly mobile homes, and claimed one life. Two other smaller fires in Riverside County — the Wolf and Reche fires — were almost fully contained Saturday morning.

Firefighters spent much of Friday working the interior of the Sandalwood blaze that engulfed much of a Calimesa mobile home park, Cal Fire Riverside spokesman Jeff LaRusso said. The fire damaged or destroyed more than 70 structures. Overnight they began establishing containment lines around the perimeter, he said, and expect to continue that work Saturday.

Though winds are expected to be calmer Saturday than the 300mph gusts earlier in the week, there's still danger, LaRusso said. When a Santa Ana wind event ends, as it is forecast to do today, "you get 100% reversal of the wind," which can push flames in the opposite direction, LaRusso said.

"That's going to transition today, on a wildlands fire that is one of the most dangerous times that we have."

Brush fire in Pacific Palisades threatens homes .
Firefighters were battling a fast-moving brush fire that was threatening homes in Pacific Palisades. © KTLA Los Angeles fire crews are responding to a roughly one-acre brush fire burning uphill near the 500 block of North Palisades Drive in Pacific Palisades. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 10:40 a.m. to a brush fire around 500 N. Palisades Drive. The terrain-driven fire has burned one acre and is moving uphill toward homes, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The homes threatened were on Charmel Lane, where the fire was running up a hill.

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