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.
GLA's Heritage Health Solutions contract is open during #SaddleridgeFire emergency. Program allows Vets to get medication fills at non-VA pharmacies. Specific criteria's apply. Visit: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Facebook pg for more info. pic.twitter.com/oALafJiFGA— VA Los Angeles (@LosAngelesVA) October 11, 2019
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*** SOUTHBOUND I-5 IS NOW OPEN. NOTHING ELSE AT THIS TIME #SaddleridgeFire— CHP Newhall (@CHP_Newhall) October 11, 2019
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.
#LIVE LAFD provides update on #SaddleridgeFire:— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 11, 2019
-One man died from cardiac arrest
-4,700 acres burned at 0% containment
-At least 25 homes damaged
Details: https://t.co/Xn9r4Wx2kz pic.twitter.com/netc5Xn5Y9
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.
Please do not try and get on the Old Road or I-5 southbound. Traffic is completely stopped. The only way to get south is to take the 126 to the 101. #saddleridgefire #trafficalert #morningcommute pic.twitter.com/WObEzBEgWq— Santa Clarita City (@santaclarita) October 11, 2019
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.