Two wildfires, driven by strong Santa Ana winds threatened neighborhoods on the edges of the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, California Monday (10/13), killing one person, destroying several dozen mobile homes and forcing evacuations.
Firefighters were struggling with a 3,700 acre blaze in the Sylmar area in the valley's northeastern corner when a new blaze erupted at midmorning a few miles to the west in mountains above the Porter Ranch area and quickly grew to 750 acres.
Fire officials could not immediately estimate how many homes in Porter Ranch were in the fire's path.
The fatality occurred at the so-called Marek Fire. Officials say the victim was a man who appeared to be a transient living with a dog in a shift
An estimated 1,200 people were evacuated due to the Marek Fire, which was just five percent contained.
Los Angeles County fire Capt. Mark Savage said almost 40 mobile homes were destroyed by that blaze early Monday.