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USA: Evacuees begin returning home as firefighters battle LA wildfires02:59

USA: Evacuees begin returning home as firefighters battle LA wildfires

United States, Los Angeles
October 13, 2019 at 07:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of San Fernando Valley residents in Los Angeles County, California, were allowed to return home after evacuation orders were lifted on Saturday.

Footage from the northern Sylmar neighbourhood of Los Angeles shows the burnt out homes and cars left in the wake of the Saddleridge Fire, one of several wildfires blazing on the northern periphery of the city.

Speaking in the aftermath of the conflagration, Captain Chris Reade from LA County Fire Department said: "So far, nine homes were destroyed, 16 were damaged and in total 32 buildings had some kind of affect to them either being damaged or destroyed."

At least one person has reportedly died as a result of the Saddleridge Fire which has blazed through "7,554 acres" according to Reade.

He continued: "The fire is mostly burning in the forest now. We do have those aircraft dropping fire retardants as well as water. And crews on the ground are identifying those areas that need to be dropped on. So it's going to be a few more days the fire fight out in that area but we are comfortable allowing people to go home. So it's - that is a sense of relief for us."

Due to dry seasonal winds and hot weather conditions, multiple wildfires have broke out near and around northern Los Angeles, leading California's governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in the affected areas.

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Thousands of San Fernando Valley residents in Los Angeles County, California, were allowed to return home after evacuation orders were lifted on Saturday.

Footage from the northern Sylmar neighbourhood of Los Angeles shows the burnt out homes and cars left in the wake of the Saddleridge Fire, one of several wildfires blazing on the northern periphery of the city.

Speaking in the aftermath of the conflagration, Captain Chris Reade from LA County Fire Department said: "So far, nine homes were destroyed, 16 were damaged and in total 32 buildings had some kind of affect to them either being damaged or destroyed."

At least one person has reportedly died as a result of the Saddleridge Fire which has blazed through "7,554 acres" according to Reade.

He continued: "The fire is mostly burning in the forest now. We do have those aircraft dropping fire retardants as well as water. And crews on the ground are identifying those areas that need to be dropped on. So it's going to be a few more days the fire fight out in that area but we are comfortable allowing people to go home. So it's - that is a sense of relief for us."

Due to dry seasonal winds and hot weather conditions, multiple wildfires have broke out near and around northern Los Angeles, leading California's governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency in the affected areas.

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