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UPDATE: Saddleridge Fire burns 7,500 acres, 13% contained, fire officials said

Posted at 8:38 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 18:36:45-04

UDPATE (3:35 p.m.): VA Los Angeles announced via Twitter that due to the Saddleridge Fire, veterans can now get medication and prescription refills at non-VA pharmacies.

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): According to the California Highway Patrol, I-5 south is now open. However, no other roads are open at this time.

UPDATE (1:51 p.m.): Authorities have provided an update on the Saddleridge Fire. Currently, 7,500 acres have been burned with only 13% contained. Another press briefing will be held at 5 p.m.

UPDATE (9:27 a.m.): The Kern County Fire Department is re-routing 21 firefighters to help battle the Saddleridge Fire.

Wildfires fueled by strong Santa Ana winds have resulted in the death of one man and thousands of acres of land burning.

According to an update by the Los Angeles Fire Department, one man has died as a result of a cardiac arrest. There are no details as to what the connection to the wildfires is at this time. In addition, 4,700 acres have burned with no containment at this time.

So far, 25 homes have been damaged.

CNN is reporting that the "Saddleridge Fire started around 9 p.m. ET and jumped the 210 and 5 freeways, and some parts those roads and the 405 were closed as orange embers lit up the night sky."

The city of Santa Clarita issued a warning Friday morning for anyone trying to head south: "Please don't" as the Saddleridge Fire has led to a traffic nightmare in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Another blaze -- the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, some 70 miles east of Los Angeles -- has destroyed at least 74 structures since it began Thursday afternoon, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It has burned at least 500 acres and was at least 10% contained.

It started when the load on a garbage truck caught on fire and spread to vegetation, Capt. Fernando Herrera of Cal Fire Riverside told CNN affiliate KABC.