Transcript for Saddle Ridge fire forces nearly 100,000 residents to evacuate
on a very busy Friday night. We begin the emergency evacuations. 100,000 people on the move. The saddle ridge fire in the San Bernardino valley. Fire officials calling it a major emergency. Flames destroyg about 800 acres as hour. The escape routes filled with blinding smoke and flames. And strong winds fueling the fires. Matt Gutman is on the scene. He leads us off tonight. Reporter: Tonight, los Angeles communities caught in a whirlwind of fire. The saddle ridge fire exploding overnight. More than 1,000 firefighters in an all-out battle against the flames. Fueled by the howling Santa Ana winds. Look at the inferno down there. We've watched hundreds of acres burn. About 100,000 people ordered to evacuate. Many driving through tunnels of fire. Fire crews scrambling to save homes. Spread thin. This basketball court, the last line of defense. Reporter: Firefighters using saws to hack into gated Is that your house? Reporter: This woman, suitcase packed, on her knees praying her home can be saved. Using anything including garden hoses to fight the fire. One man dying, suffering cardiac arrest. By sunrise, the fire scorching seven square miles. That's 11,600 gallons of retardant. Reporter: Some residents losing everything. East of San Bernardino, the sandalwood fire destroying dozens of structures in hours. Those pops? That's ammunition inside the house popping off. That fire apparently caused by burning trash from this garbage The vegetation was ignited. Reporter: At least one person did not survive. Matt, we know the winds have been driving the fires all day long. Gusting more than 60 miles per hour at some points. And there are still red flag warnings? Reporter: Yes, expected to persist through the night and tomorrow. And you can still feel it. The fires will be kept alive. Embers from across the valley ignited this house, incineraing it in minutes. All that is left is this chimney. David? Reporter: Matt, thank you. And the red flag warnings are being extended in California through tomorrow night. And we're following the blizzard warning, and we're tracking a nor'easter on the east coast. Here's rob Marciano. Reporter: The cold front of the blizzard is slicing through Louisiana now. The thunderstorms will create another rough night for firefighters. And there will be pockets of really bad stuff. Blizzard warnings, freeze warnings tomorrow morning. Windchill in the 20s through Chicago and Oklahoma City. And tropical storm Melissa will be slamming the southeast coast. And a dramatic day on capitol hill, the former
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