A firefighter works to control a flare-up at a mulch supplier during the Saddleridge Fire in Sylmar, California, on Saturday, October 12.
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Wildfires burn in Los Angeles area

Updated 3:21 PM ET, Sun October 13, 2019

A firefighter works to control a flare-up at a mulch supplier during the Saddleridge Fire in Sylmar, California, on Saturday, October 12.
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The Saddleridge Fire, which started Thursday, has destroyed 31 homes and burned more than 7,500 acres, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The blaze is now 19% contained and thousands of evacuees were allowed to return home after evacuation orders were lifted Saturday.

The fire started around 9 p.m. local time Thursday and jumped the 210 and 5 freeways, and some parts of the roads were closed in both directions as orange embers lit up the night sky. By late Thursday it had gutted 60 acres; but some four hours later, it had grown to 4,600 acres, fire officials said.