Saddleridge fire: One dead in blaze raging round Los Angeles


At least one person is dead in a fast-moving wildfire razing 4,700 acres north of Los Angeles, California, forcing thousands of others to flee. The Saddleridge fire has led to a mandatory evacuation for 25,000 homes, some of which have been destroyed.

A lorry with burning rubbish sparked another fire on Thursday east of LA. The state’s largest utility this week pulled the plug on at least 700,000 customers to prevent wildfires sparked by windblown power lines. The victim, a man in his late 50s, died overnight from cardiac arrest connected to the blaze, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told local media. The Saddleridge fire was fuelled by gusty winds, warm temperatures and low humidity.(BBC)…[+]