The Latest: Electrical wires pop as brush fires rage in California


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KCBS) — Power lines arced as a wildfire fire spread underneath the lines in Southern California. Los Angeles authorities say thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes because of the Saddleridge fire on the northern edge of the city in the San Fernando Valley area.

The gusty winds have whipped up the blaze, which officials say is moving at a rate of more than 800 acres per hour. More than 4,000 acres have burned. Around 13,000 homes and 100,000 residents are under mandatory evacuation orders. One death has been reported involving a man who died from cardiac arrest.

A total of a thousand firefighters have been deployed to battle the blaze.

The fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday and burned through medium and heavy brush near the Porter Ranch and Granada Hills areas. The fire has resulted in several freeway closures.

The cause of the fire is not known yet.

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