Overnight Santa Ana winds peaking at 70 mph pushed the fast moving Sayre Fire through residential areas in Sylmar. One hundred homes have been damaged and 65 homes have been destroyed including 30 mobile homes in Sylmar.
Four freeways have been closed including Interstate 5, the 210, parts of the 118 and 14.
The smoke trail indicates movement west over Porter Ranch and towards Simi Valley. 2,600 acres burned at last report.
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Fire officials report the following;
Values at Risk: including communities, critical infrastructure, natural and cultural resources in 12 hour time frames:
SYLMAR IS A HEAVILY POPULATED COMMUNITY ABUTTED SRA & ANF, OLIVE-UCLA MEDICAL CENTER, L.A. MISSION COLLEGE, VAN NORMAN DAM, HOLY CROSS MEDICAL CENTER, INTERSTATE 5, 210 & 118 FWY & L.A. RESERVOIR. THREATENED AREAS ARE LOS PINETOS COMMUNICATION SITE, CITY WATER & POWER CASCADES, POWER TRANSMISSION LINES WITHIN THAT AREA.
Today’s observed fire behavior (leave blank for non-fire events):
GUSTY WINDS UP TO 70 MPH THROUGH PASSES AND CANYONS – RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT.
Significant events today (closures, evacuations, significant progress made, etc.):
CLOSURE OF 5 AND 210 FWYS, MANDATORY EVACUATIONS INCLUDING ANIMALS AND DOMESTIC PETS. EVACUATION OF OLIVE VIEW-UCLA MEDICAL CENTER 216 PATIENTS (NO POWER) 5 PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS.
EVACUATIONS AHEAD OF THE FIRE ARE IN PROGRESS. INJURIES 1 CIVILIAN, 1 FIREFIGHTER WITH CHEST PAIN. 6 SHELTERS ARE OPEN – 3 HIGH SCHOOLS, 1 JR. HIGH SCHOOL , HANSEN DAM AND AN ANIMAL SHELTER.
HIGH WINDS & LOW RH, RED FLAG WARNING CONDITIONS FORECASTED DURING THE NEXT 12 HR PERIOD
882 firefighters are on scene and that total should double by this evening.
Update: The Sayre Fire is burning through the Oak Ridge Mobile Home park at the moment. CBS2 reports firefighters withdrew forces from the neighborhood. This mobile home community is a massive by definition.