LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Coverage of the deadly Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles from our sister station KTLA.
One death was reported Friday morning in the wind-driven Saddleridge Fire that has put more nearly 13,000 homes under mandatory evacuation orders.
The person, identified only as a civilian male, died from cardiac arrest , Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said during a 7:45 a.m. news conference. One firefighter also suffered a very minor eye injury, he said.
The fire had scorched roughly 4,700 acres and was 0 percent contained, Terrazas said. More than 1,000 firefighters were at the scene assisting with the blaze.
The brush fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday near the Yarnell Road exit of the 210 Freeway in Sylmar, according to the Inciweb fire information website.
The fire was moving in a westerly direction Thursday night as it burned through medium to heavy brush near the Porter Ranch and Granada Hills areas.
It was moving in a northerly direction toward the city of Santa Clarita Friday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Dave Richardson said.
“In addition to that, it continues to burn not only through the city but unincorporated Los Angeles County toward Browns Canyon, Twin Lakes community,” Richardson said.
Residents in nearly 13,000 homes have been asked to leave the area.
“If you remain, we cannot assure your safety,” Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said on Friday.
More than 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to the “very dynamic” fire, Terrazas said.
Investigators have not determined what ignited the blaze.