California fire season: 100,000 evacuated in the south as power returns to north – live

Firefighters battle blazes in Los Angeles area while utility begins restoring power to some northern communities

In southern California, officials at a press briefing just said the Sylmar fire had spread to 7,500 acres and was 13% contained. Roughly 25 homes have suffered severe impacts and damage. There are still 100,000 people under evacuation orders.

Ok @LAFD says total burn is at 7,500 acres and 13% containment. Home damage is still around 25 homes w “severe impact” in the northwest Valley

There’s a lot of potential for growth in this fire. It’s going to be a number of days.

With winds randomly picking up, flare-ups like this one keep crews stationed outside homes for hours

.@LACOFD firefighters monitoring a #SaddleridgeFire flare-up in a little valley by some homes in Porter Ranch

More harrowing stories of frantic escapes are emerging in the southern California fires:

In California, life can change extremely suddenly.

At around 2 a.m., she looked through her window and saw flames. “I started knocking on all my neighbors’ doors because I knew they were sleeping,” she said. “I’m banging and banging and I woke up about eight of them”

Like many, Mike Yazdi is schocked at how fast the fire moved and was basically at his front door. He evacuated around 4:45 am with his wife and two cats and just got home and is relieved to see it made it through. His neighbor woke them up and he said flames were across the road

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