SANTA CLARITA, CA — Since Thursday, some 50,000 residents have been evacuated from the Santa Clarita area as the wind-driven Tick Fire close to many residential neighborhoods.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, officials say.
By Friday morning, firefighters made some progress overnight, but worry that the Santa Ana winds which have fanned the flames will pick up during the day.
Air quality has also suffered in the region as a result of the fire, and residents in the region have been advised to stay indoors.
“Currently, we’re estimating the fire to be at three thousand nine hundred fifty acres plus with zero containment. And we have over 500 firefighters in the incident right now. And we had approximately 10,000 structures that were impacted by the incident. As I mentioned earlier, we do have several structures that have been damaged or and destroyed,” said fire chief Daryl Osby.
ABS-CBN News has learned that among the completely destroyed structures, this home of a Filipino family of 4.
The brother of Ryan Pallos of Santa Clarita said that he and his family are shaken up after watching their two-story home completely burn down on television.
The family took these pictures of the raging flames in a nearby canyon shortly before they evacuated early Thursday evening.
By early Friday morning, they saw flames engulfing their home on TV.
Several Filipino families are said to live in the same neighborhood as the Pallos family — and despite the dire situation there, only a couple of the houses reportedly caught fire.