"She was just thinking that some things would stay in the center of the house and I tried to tell her no," her son Errol Navickas told CNN in front of her mother's home. "The facade of the house is all that is there."
The fire north of Los Angeles destroyed 31 homes and burned over 7,500 hectares, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. More than 1,000 firefighters fought the fire, but it remains limited to 13% by Friday.
A firefighter was injured at one eye, but no deaths were associated with the fire, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters.
At Porter Ranch, Andro Mammo chased his siblings from the flames as quickly as possible when the fire broke out at their home.
"When I looked in my yard, I saw flames and saw how close it was, and my number one instinct was not to seize it. clothes or anything, but look for my little brother and my little sister, "recalls Mammo. .
Some residents were allowed to return home or close to their homes, but city officials said the danger had not yet passed.
"It's not fire in itself, but the danger of wind that can cause a limb to blow it somewhere and see the whole neighborhood lit up overnight," Garcetti said.
Saddleridge's fire jumped two highways
The Saddleridge fire broke out around 9 pm AND skipped highways 210 and 5, and parts of these roads and the 405 were closed when orange embers lit up the night sky. By the end of Thursday, he had emptied 60 hectares; A few hours later, the property's acreage rose to over 4,000 acres, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire was not known immediately.
Hector Landeros, who lives in the Sylmar area of northeastern Los Angeles, said he heard fire trucks and police cars driving at full speed as the flames drew closer.
"In some areas, the streets have begun to empty, but on the front lines, people are watching, waiting on the sidewalk without knowing what to do," he told CNN on Friday. "Many people are trying to get into their neighborhoods."
Shaun Butch said he saw flames on both sides of the highway when driving on Interstate 5.
"Everything was engulfed in the smoke and visibility was so low that it was difficult to drive." All passengers from Interstate 5 North were arrested and trapped, but they were still able to cross the road. 39, Interstate 5 North. "
Patsy Zamora said that while she was driving on the highway with the fire near the truck, she could feel the heat through the windows.
At Porter Ranch, firefighters from neighboring Orange County arrived just in time to prevent the fire from sinking into Francisco and Flora Villalta's home on Friday morning.
A CNN team watched firefighters firing water through the barrier fence at Villaltas, stopping the flames at the edge of the property after climbing the nearby hills.
"I was crying because (I thought) our house was gone," said Flora Villalta. "But then … the fire truck (came) .We were praying for someone."
"Yes, I'm worried, but I'm just shooting water everywhere to stop the fire from here," the husband said.
The poor quality of the air has led to the closure of schools
The courses were canceled in about 40 schools in the Los Angeles area after poor air quality was reported, Sgt. Rudy Perez with the Los Angeles School Police Department said.
Perez said all schools in the San Fernando Valley were closed at noon and all extracurricular activities were canceled on Friday.
This is one of the many fires in the area
The Saddleridge fire is one of the many fires in Southern California.
The fire, which began in the form of a fire that has spread to vegetation, has destroyed at least 76 structures since its start Thursday afternoon, said Chad Bianco, sheriff of Riverside County. He burned more than 820 acres and was at least 10% under control Friday.
"It started by devouring vegetation as quickly as the eye can see," he said.
Residents are subject to mandatory evacuation orders and 250 firefighters are assigned to the area.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and misidentified the agency he ran.
Jenn Selva of CNN, Braden Walker, Faith Karimi, Gianluca Mezzofiore, Paul Vercammen, Amanda Watts, Chuck Johnston and Stella Chan contributed to this report.