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LIVE VIDEO: California wildfire spreads through San Fernando valley

Firefighters work to contain spreading wildfires

California wildfires burn Oct. 11, 2019. (NBC News/KNBC)
California wildfires burn Oct. 11, 2019. (NBC News/KNBC)

California firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has spread over 4,000 acres near Los Angeles.

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Raging wildfire skips two freeways in Los Angeles (CNN)

A fast-moving wildfire skipped two freeways and raced toward residential areas in Southern California -- one of several blazes fueled by gusty winds in the region.

The Saddleridge Fire exploded to 1,600 acres Friday, leading to mandatory evacuations in some areas in Sylmar. "The fire is in such a dynamic state, we're just trying to protect homes," the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The fire's jumped the 210 and 5 freeways, and some parts are closed in both directions as orange embers lit up the night sky. When it was first reported a few minutes before 11 p.m., it had gutted 60 acres before growing to 1,600 acres about an hour later.

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The fast-moving Saddleridge fire is burning structures in the Los Angeles area.
The fast-moving Saddleridge fire is burning structures in the Los Angeles area.