Sand Fire still burning

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The Sand Fire continues to burn through the Angeles National Forest Area, southeast of highway 14.

Since yesterday most residents have been allowed to return to the evacuated areas, except for, “those located on Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street, Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road & Placerita Canyon Road and Aqua Dulce Canyon Road from 1/4 mile south of the 14 Freeway to Soledad Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road 1 mile from Aqua Dulce Road in both directions. These three areas will remain closed.” The Inciweb report also adds large animals should be able to return as well.

The areas to be re-populated will be open to residents only so identification will be required to enter the area — no lookiloos. The Unified Command offers some tips for those returning to burned areas. Click Here to view it and if you have to evacuate again, be ready to leave.

Photo by Breann McGregor from Encino
Photo by Breann McGregor
from Encino

The Unified Command also said there has been more drone activity detected over the Pacoima Reservoir Area. the Sheriff’s Department is actively looking for the drone operators/owners to prosecute then for interfering with firefighting efforts. An FAA Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect over and near the Sand Fire area and anyone caught violating it will be prosecuted.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 37,473 acres have burned and the fire is 25% contained. As of now 3,048 firefighters are working to end this fire. The incident command post is located at Golden Valley High School.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has issued a smoke advisory. It says the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys are impacted by the smoke. Check the AQMD website to see if your area is effected.

The area is still under a Red Flag Warning, with high temperatures, low humidity and high winds, so this fire still has a lot of potential to burn quickly. In two days the fire has burned over 4, 000 more acres since our previous report. That’s over 100 acres per hour.

Evacuation centers:

Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551
Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita, 91321
Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd, Lakeview Terrace, 91340
The Evacuation Center at Golden Valley High School has been closed.

Have your go bags ready. If you have to leave in a hurry, be ready to go.

Top photo from L.A. County Fire Department video.