Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend

Sand Fire: Major California wildfire explodes over the weekend
A wildfire that started on July 22 in the mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley, Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, California has exploded over the weekend, scorching more than 13 300 hectares (33 000 acres) by early morning UTC on July 25, 2016. Mandatory evacuations are in place as the blaze continues to threaten hundreds of homes. Authorities say the fire ‘ripped through like a freight train.’

As of 05:00 UTC on Monday, July 25 (22:00 PDT on July 24), the fire has scorched 13 425 hectares (33 172 acres) and was 10% contained. 1 594 firefighters, assisted by fixed-wing aircraft and water-dropping helicopters, have been deployed to combat the fire, according to LA County Fire Department.

At least 18 structures have been destroyed and one damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas. Most of them were in the Angeles National Forest, near Little Tujunga Canyon Road and Bear Divide. One fatality was confirmed, but it is not clear yet whether the person died in a fire-related incident. Officials said that the body was found inside a burned car parked in a driveway….. [read more]

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