On Friday, a wildfire raged out of control along the northern edge of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of people to evacuate 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.”
The Los Angeles Fire Department said on Friday that the Saddle Ridge Fire had grown to more than 7,500 acres and was 13% contained. Approximately 4,700 acres have been consumed by the flames, leading to at least 31 structures being destroyed.
One person died from cardiac arrest. A firefighter also suffered a minor eye injury.
In response to the fires, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be offering fire management assistance to help combat the Saddle Ridge Fire.
According to a press release, “the grant also enables local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs.”