LAFD Says 107 Structures Damaged or Destroyed in Saddleridge Fire, Shares New Map of Blaze’s Path

This map released Oct. 15, 2019, by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the Saddleridge Fire's progress in its first five days.

This map released Oct. 15, 2019, by the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the Saddleridge Fire’s progress in its first five days.

Los Angeles fire officials released a map Tuesday showing how the Saddleridge Fire tore its way across the northern San Fernando Valley, consuming homes and vegetation.

Authorities now say the blaze damaged 88 structures — up from 58 on Monday — and destroyed another 19 as it seared across Sylmar, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.

The revised structure numbers appeared to be the result of more thorough surveying, since firefighters said the flames gained no acreage Tuesday.

As of Tuesday night, the fire had burned through nearly 8,400 acres — about 13 square miles — and was 46% contained.

The new map shows the flames’ progress between Thursday night and Monday morning.

It sparked after 9 p.m. Thursday beneath high-voltage Southern California Edison power lines near the corner of Saddle Ridge Road and Yarnell Street in Sylmar. Overnight, it jumped the 5 Freeway into Granada Hills and spread rapidly to 3,369 acres — all at the bottom of foothills coming up against the backyards of homes.

The blaze continued growing into the hills and along the Newhall Pass on Saturday, when it gained another 4,140 acres. But weakening winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidity helped firefighters stem its progress Sunday, and on Monday only another 189 acres were added.

Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes, and one man went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital. Six firefighters also suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, officials say.

Weather conditions remained favorable on Tuesday, which firefighters said helped them to halt forward progress and mop up remaining hot spots. Authorities are also monitoring containment lines and ensuring smoldering debris stays away from unburned vegetation.

About 1,000 crew members remain assigned to the firefight.

All evacuations have been lifted, but part of Angeles National Forest remains closed.

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