The Saddleridge fire broke out in Sylmar near the 210 Freeway on Thursday night and is now burning out of control, threatening numerous communities.

Location

The Saddleridge fire started about 9 p.m. on the north side of the 210 Freeway near Yarnell Street.

Spot fires soared over the 210 and 5 freeways and ignited more dry brush. It was moving west into Granada Hills and Porter Ranch, where homes have burned.

Weather conditions

  • Santa Ana winds gusting 20 to 35 mph
  • Low humidity

Evacuation area

  • Oakridge Estates north of 210 Freeway
  • Foothill and Glenoaks areas
  • All of Porter Ranch
  • Areas north of the 118 Freeway between Granada Hills and the Ventura County line.
  • See LAFD evacuation map

Evacuation centers

  • Sylmar Rec Center (13109 Borden Avenue)
  • Mason Park (10,500 Mason Avenue)
  • Granada Hills Rec Center (16730 Chatsworth Street). As of 4 a.m. Friday the evacuation center is full and cannot accept more residents.

Roads closed

  • 210 Freeway in both directions between the 118 and 5 Freeways
  • 5 Freeway at the Newhall Pass
  • Numerous surface streets in Sylmar, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch.
  • Authorities warn of major delays for morning commute.

Cause

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The Los Angeles Fire Department says it is investigating the cause.

Resources

Multiple fire agencies are on scene, including ground crews and choppers. More than 300 firefighters are on scene.