‘There’s Fire All Around,’ Saddleridge Fire Evacuees Fill Shelters to Capacity

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Shelters are being filled to capacity with evacuees from the 4,700-acre Saddleridge Fire burning in the Porter Ranch area Friday morning. The fire prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders for 12,700 homes, leaving residents scrambling for a place to go. A shelter at the Granada Hills Recreation Center, another at the Sylmar Recreation Center, and a third shelter at Mason Park had to stop taking evacuees because they were too full Friday morning, officials said. Sherry from Porter Ranch decided to go to the Granada Hills evacuation center Thursday night after seeing flames from her front yard. Sherry said her son-in-law tried monitoring their home through a Ring doorbell camera. “Real heavy ash he could see from the doorbell, and then about 3:30 we lost power to the house, so I don’t know,” she said. Two evacuation centers were open for people and small pets at the Northridge Recreation Center located at 18300 Lemarsh Street and the Lanark Recreation Center, located at 21816 Lanark Street in Canoga Park. Deloris, who evacuated to the Sylmar Recreation Center with her husband, daughter and a neighbor, left her home shortly after hearing helicopters overhead. “The mountain’s on fire. There’s fire all around,” her daughter told her before they decided it was time to leave. The family left in such a hurry Deloris was still in her pajamas and slippers as she spoke from the shelter. Evacuation updates for the Saddleridge Fire can be found on the Los Angeles Fire Department website.
The L.A. Fire Department has established these evacuation zones for the Saddleridge fire near Sylmar. They are current as of 5 a.m.(Credit: Chris Keller / Los Angeles Times)
The L.A. Fire Department has established these evacuation zones for the Saddleridge fire near Sylmar. They are current as of 5 a.m.(Credit: Chris Keller / Los Angeles Times)

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