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 pic.twitter.com/qVMvXl1OeI
More harrowing stories of frantic escapes are emerging in the southern California fires:
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” https://t.co/2e8ZWIQOot
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 pic.twitter.com/m4mFmBkSY3