Firefighters Battle to Save Los Angeles-Area Homes
The wildfire burning on the northern edge of Los Angeles, Friday, October 11, has grown to more than 28 square kilometers, but there is also some containment. Officials say the fire is 13% contained.
Hot, dry winds sweeping into Southern California raised concerns that the region’s largest utility could widen power shut-offs Friday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires, as a new blaze swept through the San Fernando Valley’s northern foothills.
Southern California Edison turned off electricity to about 20,000 people in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties but warned that thousands more could lose service as Santa Ana winds gained strength.
Winds gusted dangerously as forecast before calming in Northern California, where Pacific Gas & Electric faced hostility and second-guessing over its widespread shut-offs.
The fire danger spread to Southern California on Thursday as raging winds moved down the state.