Authorities order evacuations in California wildfire

National News

October 11, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Ozzy Butler pours water on to his deck at his parents house as the Saddleridge Fire burns along Thunderbird Ave. Friday morning in Porter Ranch, Calif. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire raged out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles early Friday, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes as firefighters battled flames from the air and on the ground.

Police Chief Michel Moore said about 100,000 people in over 20,000 homes were ordered to evacuate.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said the fire had grown to more than 7 square miles (and at least 25 homes had been damaged. A middle-aged man who was near the fire went into cardiac arrest and died, the chief said, but he did not have details. A death was also confirmed at an earlier wildfire east of Los Angeles.

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