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Sayre Fire Moves into Placerita Canyon; Search and Rescue Operations Underway in Oakridge Mobile Home Park

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As the Sayre Fire moves northward further into the Santa Clarita Valley and in Placerita Canyon, there is some good news for residents of the San Fernando Valley affected by the blaze.

As of midday, "all freeways in the City of Los Angeles that were closed by the Sylmar fires are reopened, with the exception of the northbound offramp from the Foothill (210) Freeway to Roxford Street, where repairs are underway," reports MyFox11. Further, they add that, excluding evacuations in Diamond Bar due to the Triangle Complex Fire "all evacuated and closed areas in the City of Los Angeles have been reopened to all people with the exception of the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in Sylmar."

Of the four evacuation centers opened yesterday to accept evacuees, only Sylmar High School is expected to remain open for at least the next 24 hours, and that shelters set up at Kennedy, San Fernando and Chatsworth High Schools will soon be closed.

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This morning cadaver dogs were brought into the Oakridge Mobile Home Park to help Urban Search and Rescue personnel determine if there are any human remains on site. At this time their search has not located any human remains, but the community remains closed to residents and the media as officials conduct the operation. The neighborhood remains labeled a "crime scene" but that distinction does not mean that the fire was caused by arson; rather, it is a measure the authorities use to "protect the integrity of the scene" as they control the area for the protection of property and search for evidence of loss of life.

Of the 608 units on the site, 602 were occupied, and 124 remain standing. Yesterday, Captain Steve Ruda of the LAFD called the fire's damage at Oakridge "total devastation."

Photo of the Sayre Fire pushing northward overnight by Gus Ruelas/AP