Citywide Tactical Alert Called for Saddleridge Fire Near Sylmar
L.A. authorities said late Thursday that the city was on tactical alert to respond to the Saddle Ridge Fire near Symar.
LAPD officials said via Twitter that they're working with the city fire department to "carry out any necessary evacuations. If you live in the area of the 210 freeway and Yarnell in Sylmar, we urge you to be prepared & follow all public safety instructions."
We have declared a citywide tactical alert in response to the #SaddleRidgeFire and are working with @LAFD to carry out any necessary evacuations. If you live in the area of the 210 freeway and Yarnell in Sylmar, we urge you to be prepared & follow all public safety instructions.— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) October 11, 2019
Authorities also said a mandatory evacation was in effect for Oakridge Estates, shown in the map above. They also said winds have been 60 mph or higher, which has dsestroyed at least once commercial structure.
As the fire grew, L.A.Department of Water and Power officials said they acted to mitigate risk.
Our grid operators have shut off power flow along major transmission lines in vicinity of the #SaddleridgeFire in #Sylmar to assist firefighting ops. No outages as result of tx lines out. Power is being rerouted into @LACity using other paths away from affected area. NFD @LAFD— LADWP (@LADWP) October 11, 2019
Authorities said the're working to open emeregency centers. Stay tuned.
ACREAGE: 60+ with heavy winds.
L.A. fire officals said evacuations were underway:
Here's where mandatory evaculations were in effective as of 11 p.m.
SCENES ON THE GROUND
LAist will have more tomorrow but here's a look at reporting from the ground tonight:
From L.A. Mayor Garcetti:
Due to the #SaddleRidgeFire, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for Oakridge Estates community north of 210 fwy. Our @LAPDHQ has issued a citywide tactical alert and is working with @LAFD to carry out evacuations. If you live in this area, please follow instructions. https://t.co/EzwGCVj2zP— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) October 11, 2019
From a KTLA reporter:
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