Wind-driven wildfire explodes north of Los Angeles

Wind-driven wildfire explodes north of Los Angeles

October 13, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


RETALIATION, THERE HAS BEEN NO INDEPENDENT COOPERATION OF THAT REPORT. AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD AS WILDFIRES IN THE U.S. RAGE IN CALIFORNIA. THE OUTBREAK COMES DESPITE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES BY POWER COMPANIES TO MINIMIZE THE RISK THERE. NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT WILLIAM LA JEUNESSE IS LIVE TONIGHT IN PORTER RANCH NEIGHBORHOOD OF LOS ANGELES. GOOD EVENING, WILLIAM.>>THE FIRE BEGAN 9:00 LAST NIGHT WHEN THE SANTA ANA WINDS JUMP OVER THE RIDGE, RACED INTO THE L.A. BASIN, DEVASTATED THIS COMMUNITY WHILE MANY SLEPT.>>I COULD SEE THE FLAMES COMING OVER THAT RIDGE. I SAY, WE GOT TO GO.>>EVERYTHING IS FIRE UP THERE. THE HOUSE IS, EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE. IT’S BAD.>>THE FIRE EXPLODING AS WINDS SWEEP THROUGH THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY.>>SHORTLY BEFORE SUNRISE AT PORTER RANCH. THIS FIRE IS 0% CONTAINED.>>NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THESE WINS. WE ARE HOPING FOR THE BEST.>>100,000 EVACUATED HERE AND TWO FATALITIES, A MAN IN HIS 50s SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK TRYING TO PROTECT HIS HOME. ANOTHER DIED OF THIS FIRE, EAST OF LOS ANGELES, THAT DESTROYED A MOBILE HOME PARK.>>THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A FEW DAYS.>>WITH STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS AND HUMIDITY UNDER 10% FROM THE FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON DEFENSE PROTECTING HOMES AND DROPPING RETARDANT, HOPING TO SLOW THE FIRE TO SOME 800 ACRES AN HOUR.>>IT’S A ROUGH ESTIMATE RIGHT NOW, BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT A NUMBER OF AT LEAST 25 HOMES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED.>>SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND CALIFORNIANS MOSTLY IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE STATE REMAINED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AS POWER COMPANIES HAVE VOLUNTARILY PULLED THE PLUG FEARING LIABILITY WITH DOWNED POWER LINES.>>WE ARE SEEING THE SCALE AND SCOPE OF SOMETHING THAT NO STATE IN THE 21ST CENTURY SHOULD EXPERIENCE. WHAT’S HAPPENED IS UNACCEPTABLE.>>IN ADDITION TO CRITICISM FROM GOVERNOR NEWSOM, A FAMILY OF A 67-YEAR-OLD MAN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA IS BLAMING THE UTILITY WHEN HIS OXYGEN MACHINE STOPS 12 MINUTES AFTER THE