The massive Saddle Ridge fire started under a high-voltage transmission tower, Los Angeles fire officials say

Firefighters in Southern California are working around-the-clock to contain fast-moving wildfires. CNN's Paul Vercammen spoke with Granada Hills, California, resident Eyad Jarjour, who said neighbors alerted him to the looming Saddleridge Fire.

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 9:37 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 7:45 AM


Investigators now know where the mammoth Saddle Ridge fire started. They just don't know how.

The blaze, which has torched more than 8,300 acres, started in a 50 feet by 70 feet area under a high-voltage transmission tower, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. As of Monday night, it was 44% contained.

But the cause of the fire remains undetermined, LAFD said.

'Investigators continue to work around the clock in steep terrain, thoroughly examining all aspects of the scene in an attempt to determine a cause,' spokesman Nicholas Prange said.

About 100,000 people were forced to evacuate, but all evacuation orders have been lifted.

The wildfire destroyed 17 structures and damaged 77 others, LAFD said.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze, and one civilian died after suffering cardiac arrest, the fire department said.

Electricity company Southern California Edison's system was 'impacted' near the time and place where the fire first broke out, utility spokeswoman Susan Cox said.

SCE notified the California Public Utilities Commission about an 'electrical incident' Friday night. But details of the report are considered confidential and are not publicly available at this time, California Public Utilities spokesperson Terrie Prosper said.

She said utilities are required to report any incident that involves a fatality, damage in excess of $50,000, significant media interest or a major outage to at least 10% of the service area at any one time.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 354885

Reported Deaths: 7375
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1432073943
Riverside27371577
Orange27031455
San Bernardino21468310
San Diego21446448
Fresno894191
Alameda8478154
Imperial8145148
San Joaquin742873
Santa Clara6951173
Kern692198
Tulare6332153
Sacramento617492
Stanislaus551761
Contra Costa514092
Ventura478756
San Francisco469650
Santa Barbara441232
San Mateo4254114
Marin394740
Kings310841
Monterey291318
Solano240731
Merced226015
Sonoma194116
Placer116711
San Luis Obispo11126
Madera105410
Yolo102330
Santa Cruz6023
Napa5614
Lassen4440
Sutter4414
Butte4374
San Benito4082
El Dorado3630
Yuba2213
Shasta2156
Glenn1901
Nevada1851
Humboldt1754
Mendocino1550
Colusa1400
Lake1331
Tehama1261
Tuolumne800
Calaveras750
Del Norte610
Mono541
Amador480
Siskiyou430
Inyo371
Mariposa341
Plumas210
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Oroville
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 69°
Paradise
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 70°
Chester
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 53°
Red Bluff
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 71°
Willows
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 70°
We won't be as hot today, but temperatures will still end up above average this afternoon. The threat of thunderstorms arrives in the Sierra later today, and that will bring elevated fire danger concerns to that region. Hotter temperatures return for your weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events