Officials begin letting residents return to homes affected by Saddleridge Fire


A firefighter sprays water in front of an advancing wildfire Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Porter Ranch, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Authorities have started allowing residents to return to their homes after the Saddleridge Fire ignited in Sylmar on Thursday evening and exploded to burn more than 11 square miles.

The specific amount of destruction remained unclear as assessment teams continued their work Saturday, Los Angeles fire Capt. Branden Silverman said. But the agency estimates that the fire has damaged or destroyed about 31 structures, including around 25 homes.

As of 2:40 p.m., the Fire Department said crews can safely repopulate the following locations:

  • The areas west of Mason Avenue and southwest of Corbin Avenue
  • Smaller areas to the east
  • All locations north and south of the 118 Freeway
  • Areas west of Reseda Boulevard and south of Sesnon Boulevard
  • All areas north of the 210 Freeway and east of 5 Freeway, including the Oak Ridge Mobile Estates
  • All areas west of Tampa Avenue and north of Sesnon Boulevard

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