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Photos show the Saddleridge Fire as it ripped through 7,500 acres of LA's San Fernando Valley, growing 800 acres per hour


Added 10-12-19 01:14:02am EST - “Mandatory evacuation orders were put into place, affecting about 100,000 people as of Friday evening. At least 31 buildings have been destroyed.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Photos show the Saddleridge Fire as it ripped through 7,500 acres of LA's San Fernando Valley, growing 800 acres per hour”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Saddleridge fire has burned through over 7,500 acres of brush north of Los Angeles, spreading at a rate of 800 acres per hour because of the Santa Ana winds. It remains only 13% contained.

Mandatory evacuation orders were put into place, affecting about 100,000 people as of Friday evening. At least 31 buildings have been destroyed, and portions of major freeways were closed. Over 1,000 firefighters are battling the flames, the LA Fire Department said on Friday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference at 5 p.m. PT that there has been at least one fire-related death after a man died of cardiac arrest.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the White House granted federal aid to assist in battling the wildfires, saying that it will "ensure the communities grappling with this fire have the vital resources and support they need."

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