A fire tore through Southern California overnight on Friday, forcing mandatory evacuations of more than 12,000 homes and setting mobile homes ablaze, just as power was being restored to hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians.
The Saddleridge fire was burning more than 4,000 acres in northwest Los Angeles as of Friday morning, according to the city’s Fire Department. The fire was 0 percent contained, the department said, and evacuation orders reached the border of Ventura County. Video aired by local television stations showed wind blowing flames along rooftops in Porter Ranch, about 10 miles from where the fire began.
The Fire Department reported that at least one commercial building had burned down. At least one shelter, in Granada Hills, was filled to capacity. No injuries had been reported.
About 312,000 people in Northern California remained without power on Friday morning, less than half of the roughly 738,000 customers whose electricity had been shut off by Pacific Gas and Electric, the state’s largest utility, this week to prevent wildfires.
Jacey Fortin contributed reporting.