Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration for the Sayre fire in Los Angeles, while Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared a state of local emergency Saturday. An estimated 10,000 residents have been evacuated from the Sylmar area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department as the fire continued to burn Saturday, with ten-percent containment.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) had to take several power lines out of service starting at 5 a.m.. Saturday as the fire moved toward the I-5. All in-basin natural plants were activated by the LADWP by 6:30 a.m. From 9:40am - 10:05 a.m. areas throughout the Valley and Southern California - including Sherman Oaks, Mid City, Crenshaw and Harbor City experienced rolling black outs. Power was restored to those areas thereafter. According to Joe Ramallo, DWP, approximately 1,000 customers remained without power in the fire-ridden areas.
This blaze comes just 24 hours after massive fires broke in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
For more information and the latest updates on the Sayre Fire, residents should call the LA Fire Department hotline at: (800) 439-2909.