Sand Fire chars more than 37,000 acres, 25 percent contained

Posted at 10:59 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 14:03:09-04

AGUA DULCE, Calif. -- Overnight conditions appeared to aid firefighters battling the 37,473-acre Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita area Tuesday morning. It is now 25 percent contained.

Nearly 3,000 firefighters from multiple agencies are working to quell the massive blaze, which started Friday afternoon along the northbound 14 Freeway near Sand Canyon.

The blaze quickly grew, charring about 10,000 acres each day and prompting evacuations for about 20,000 residents.

On Monday night, a majority of those residents were allowed to return home.

Only residents in areas along Placentia Canyon Road, Little Tujunga Canyon Road, Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road areas were still under mandatory evacuation orders.

Since the fire started, 18 structures in Sand Canyon, Bear Divide and Little Tujunga were destroyed, but thousands more were protected.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also issued an air quality advisory for the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Gabriel valleys as well as the San Gabriel Mountains area.


The evacuation areas include:
- All residents along Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street.
- All residents along Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road.

- All residents in Agua Dulce Canyon Road, about one-quarter mile south of the 14 Freeway to Soledad Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road one mile east and west of Agua Dulce Canyon Road.


Evacuation centers were set up at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita and Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace. Another evacuation center was set up at Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale. The Evacuation Center at Golden Valley High School was closed.