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Saddleridge Fire continues to burn as Sandalwood Fire is officially contained

Saddleridge Fire Scorches 4000 Acres In LA County, Thousands Evacuated
Posted at 9:14 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 12:14:15-04

The Saddleridge Fire is continuing to scorch the San Fernando Valley as crews work to increase containment. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is reporting the blaze has burned almost 8,400 acres and is only 44 percent contained.

Officials have reported that one person died during this blaze after having a heart attack.

The fire sparked late last Thursday prompting multiple road closures and the evacuation of thousands over the weekend. Those evacuation orders were lifted Saturday.

Many people returned to nothing but ashes as 17 structures were destroyed and another 58 have been damaged.

Elsewhere, CalFire is officially reporting the Sandalwood Fire burning in Riverside County has officially been contained. That fire burned more than 1,000 acres, left 2 people dead, and destroyed 76 structures in the process.

Officials say they believe the fire was sparked by a trash truck dumping burning garbage in the area.