A brush fire fanned by strong winds threatened a community in Sylmar, burning more than 60 acres, destroying at least one commercial building and prompting evacuations late Thursday, Oct. 10.
The Saddleridge fire was initially reported as burning brush moving uphill near the 210 Freeway and Yarnell Street at about 9 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department officials said in a tweet. It had grown to consume more than 60 acres as of 11 p.m., and led firefighters to evacuate nearby residents.
Flames jumped Interstate 5, sparking a separate 30-acre blaze that was burning to the west of the freeway. .
Mandatory evacuations were put in place for the Oakridge Estates community, just north of the 210 Freeway. Over 280 firefighters with the LAFD were assigned to the blaze.
Officials said late Thursday that the blaze destroyed a commercial building.
#SaddleridgeFire There are currently evacuations underway being directed by firefighters in the neighborhood affected.
— LAFD (@LAFD) October 11, 2019
Smoke was impacting traffic the 210 Freeway, LAFD officials said.
A citywide tactical alert was declared by the Los Angeles Police Department in response to the fire.
“We are working with LAFD to carry out any necessary evacuations,” police said on social media. “If you live in the area of the 210 Freeway and Yarnell in Sylmar, we urge you to be prepared and follow all public safety instructions.”
This is a developing story.