What We Know About The Saddleridge Fire And How Forest Firefighters Prepare

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Flames heat up high power lines at the Saddleridge Fire on October 11, 2019 near Newhall, California. The fire has spread to 7500 acres and burned at least two dozen homes. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

What We Know About The Saddleridge Fire And How Forest Firefighters Prepare

In Los Angeles the last evacuation orders caused by this weekend’s Saddleridge Fire have been lifted as the blaze was about 50% contained. The wildfire scorched 8,000 acres in the north San Fernando Valley and forced 100,000 people to leave their homes.Over 20 structures were destroyed by the wind driven flames, including 16 single family homes and two apartments.

Resident Shares Her Reasons Why She Waited To Evacuate

Fire experts estimate about 10 percent of people ignore evacuation orders, and another 25 percent wait around to see how bad the fire is before leaving. One resident shares her story on why she wishes she evacuated much sooner.
Reporter: Sharon McNary, KPCC

When Plans Change: Riding Alongside Training Forest Firefighters

When wildfires do erupt, we depend on highly trained firefighters to put them out, women and men often working in dangerous and grueling conditions. Just before the Saddleridge Fire started, KCRW’s Benjamin Gottlieb spent some time with firefighters from the US Forest Service as they trained.
Reporter: Benjamin Gottlieb, KCRW

PG&E: What You Missed During The Blackouts

Because of a cooling trend in temperatures and the dying down of winds, PG&E says no blackouts are planned for this week in its vast service. But hundred of thousands of PG&E customers are still pretty furious about last week’s planned power outages and questions about the utility’s blackouts are mounting. As we follow the latest on the shutoffs and their aftermath we’re also monitoring a number of other PG&E developments. California Report co-host Lily Jamali has the roundup.

Outages Cause Californians To Find Creative Ways To Pass The Time

Last week’s blackouts were annoying to many and frightening to some especially if they had health problems or were elderly. But many people were just bored and unable to do their work with the power off. In Red Bluff in Tehama County, some farm workers lost time and money because  of the blackouts.
Reporter: April Ehrlich, Jefferson Public Radio

California Becomes First State To Require The Abortion Pill On Campus

Governor Gavin Newsom signed into bill a new law making California the first state in the country to require public universities to provide the abortion pill to students. When the law takes effect in 2023, any UC or Cal State student will be able to go to their campus health center for a medication abortion.
Reporter: April Dembosky