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View from 1 of 2 @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopters engaged in structure protection in Soledad Canyon #SandFire

a_NatureCenterMonday 1 a.m.:

Winds kicked up the fire in Placerita Canyon between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. but died down again. As of 1 p.m. the Placerita Canyon Nature Center was still standing, and a newly arrived fire crew from Oregon was camped out in the parking lot. Active flames were about a half-mile away and progressing slowly in zero wind.

The fire continued to burn on both sides of Placerita Canyon Road; numerous hot spots are likely to flare up for days.

 

 

Shambala Sunday 5 p.m.

Shambala Sunday 5 p.m. | Melanie Griffith / Twitter

Sunday, 9 p.m.:

From Melanie Griffith: “Mom is safe! Shambala is safe. Now sending love and thanks to all the firefighters who saved her and the cats.”

 

Sunday, 7:55 p.m.:

14 Freeway is reopening from I-5 to Soledad Canyon Road

 

LACo Fire, Sunday 6:50PM

NO TRAFFIC ALLOWED into Fair Oaks Ranch or into the shopping center

 

(From Toni Sanna): My house in Agua dulce. They are doing such a good job protecting it. Thank you firefighters!

(From Toni Sanna): My house in Agua Dulce. They are doing such a good job protecting it. Thank you firefighters!

LACo Fire, Sunday 6:20 p.m.:

EVAC East of 14 Fwy from Golden VlyRd to SandCynRd excluding SandCyn Mobile Home Park. Residents to evac, businesses to shelter in place.

 

U.S. Forest Service, Sunday 10:35  p.m.:

Incident Overview

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Due to unexpected wind event, the plan for repopulation has been rescinded. All evacuations will remain in place.

New evacuations are as follows, Agua Dulce canyon road north to the 14 Fwy. Crown valley North to the 14 Fwy and all off Soledad in between. Also all of Bootlegger Canyon. Please be prepared, Ready, Set, Go!

New Evacuation Center for these areas:

Highland High School
39055 25th Street West
Palmdale, 93551

Large animal evacuations:

Antelope Valley Fair Grounds
2551 W. Avenue H.
Lancaster CA 93536

Golden Valley Open Space, Sunday 9pm | Photo: Jason Lubas

Golden Valley Open Space, Sunday 9pm | Photo: Jason Lubas

Fair Oaks Ranch Sunday 5:30pm | Photo: Ken Lubas

Fair Oaks Ranch Sunday 5:30pm | Photo: Ken Lubas

Golden Valley & Lost Canyon Road Sunday | Photo: Ken Lubas

Golden Valley & Lost Canyon Road Sunday | Photo: Ken Lubas

Golden Valley & Lost Canyon Road Sunday | Photo: Ken Lubas

Golden Valley & Lost Canyon Road Sunday | Photo: Ken Lubas

 

Sunday evening | Photo: Denise Neale Jensen

Sunday evening | Photo: Denise Neale Jensen


Recent drone activity has occured over the fire in the Bear Divide Area.
When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On the San Gabriel Complex­­, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges. Even without a TFR, anyone who hampers firefighting efforts could face charges­­­. For more information on drones the public can visit the FAA’s website atwww.KnowBeforeYouFly.org. “If you fly, we can’t!­”

The Sand Fire is approximately 33,117 acres and 10% contained. United States Forest Service, Los Angeles County Fire and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office are in “Unified Command.” Evacuations are in place. Over 1,673 firefighters are engaged in initial attack. Resources include 122 engines, 39 hand crews, 15 helicopters and 8 dozers. The Incident Command Post is located at Golden Valley High School.

Weather:

The Santa Clarita area is under a Red Flag Warning. Crews will be experiencing temperatures highs of 97 degrees. Winds will be increasing from the South to 10-15 MPH with gusts of 20 MPH possible. Humidity will be at 10%.


Air Quality

South Coast AQMD issued a Smoke Advisory effective today until midnight tomorrow based on unhealthy air quality conditions as a result of the Sand Fire. Smoke is moving toward the south east and multiple areas near the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys will be directly impacted. You can find a list of the areas on the AQMD website or follow them on Twitter

Current Road Closures:

Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon – no entry into Sand Canyon No access to Sand Canyon at northbound 14 Freeway.

Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon – no traffic into Sand Canyon

Placerita Canyon and the 14 Freeway – no traffic into Placerita Canyon

Soledad Canyon Road eastbound from the 14 Freeway.

Agua Dulce Canyon Road eastbound from the 14 Freeway.

Crown Valley Road eastbound from the 14 Freeway.

Sand Canyon Road east of Placerita Canyon to 12300 Little Tujunga.

Mandatory Evacuations:

East of the 14 Freeway, from Golden Valley Road to Sand Canyon Road, excluding the Sand Canyon Mobile Home Park (residents to evacuate; commercial businesses to shelter in place)

East side of Via Princessa from Lost Canyon Road to end of Via Princessa and all streets east.

Lost Canyon Road from Via Princessa to the Santa Clara River, and all streets to the east.

Sierra Highway @ Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at the 14.

Escondido at the 14 to Sierra Hwy at the 14.

Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway.

Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway.

Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce & Crown Valley.

All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide.

All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon.

Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station), 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

 

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.

Structures Destroyed/Damaged:

We are aware that there are structures that have been destroyed or damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas; however, we cannot confirm any particular properties. Damage Assessment Teams are in the area, and we will release that information when it becomes available.

The Sand Fire started at 2:14 PM-PST on July 22, 2016 near the northbound HWY 14 and Sand Canyon Road. Cause of fire is unknown at this time.

 

Basic Information

Current as of 7/24/2016, 9:59:50 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday July 22nd, 2016 approx. 02:15 PM
Location Northbound Hwy 14/Sand Canyon
Incident Commander Michael Wakoski USFS, Deputy Chief Vince Pena, LACFD And Sgt. Brink Burton LACSD
Incident Description Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,673
Size 33,117 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 10%
Fuels Involved Chaparral/Brush

Current Weather

Weather Concerns High Temperatures, low humidity, high winds

 

Water drops in Via Princessa area / USFS

Water drops in Via Princessa area / USFS

LACo Fire, Sunday 5:05pm:

Fire has jumped Placerita Canyon approximately 1/4 mile west of Sand Canyon, and is well established and moving toward the north.

If you are still in the evacuated area, it is imperative that you leave NOW.

 

Metrolink: AV Line 270 to LA is cancelled due to track closure caused by brush fire near Santa Clarita. Alternate transportation is not available.

 

Sunday, 4PM: Fire is 1/2 mile from Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve in Acton-Agua Dulce

Houses on fire – 30511 Briggs Rd and 7511 Soledad (both just west of Shambala)

Sable Ranch (Sand/Placerita movie ranch) – Western movie town burned down Saturday; barn with an original Conestoga wagon, buggies, etc. burned to the ground

 

 

Current evacuation area and road closures

 

 

LACo Fire, Sunday 3:20 p.m.:

#SandFire – Large Animal Evacuations

Large animals are no longer being accepted at Hansen Dam, Pierce College, or Jack Bones Equestrian Center.

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds is accepting large animals.

Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 West Avenue H, Lancaster

 

 

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

Placerita Canyon Sunday | Photo: News Source LA

 

 

L.A. County Fire, 4 p.m.:

Location: Initial fire reported location: NB 14 FWY at Sand Canyon, Santa Clarita
Administrative Agency:  Unified Command:  LACoFD, ANF, and LASD
Acres Burned: 22,000 acres
Containment: 10 percent
Date/Time Incident Reported: July 22nd at 2:11 p.m.
Last Update: 4 PM 07/24
Total Personnel: 1673 firefighters
Evacuation Center: Wiliam S Hart HS: 24825 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita 
Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills is now accepting large animals. Hansen Dam has reached capacity of large animals.
Community Message Residents can now call 626-574-5208 to get Sand Fire updates throughout the day.Mandatory Evacuations:

Sierra Hwy at Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at 14 / Escondido at 14 to Sierra Hwy at 14
Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway / Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway.
Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce & Crown Valley.
All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide / All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon / Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station), 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

REPOPULATION OF SAND CANYON: Due to an unexpected wind event, the plan for repopulation of the Sand Canyon area has been rescinded. All evacuations remain in place. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Public safety is our priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Santa Clarita, 12:40 p.m.:

Due to changing winds Sand Canyon residents **WILL NOT** be allowed into evacuated areas at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

L.A. County Fire, Sunday 12:30 p.m.:

At 1:00 pm, residents in the Sand Canyon area will be allowed to return, with the EXCEPTION of those east of Placerita Canyon Rd on Sand Canyon Rd, which will remain closed.

The Sand Canyon Rd exit on the northbound 14 Freeway will remain closed. Exit the 14 at Soledad Canyon Rd and travel southbound to Sand Canyon Rd.

All residents entering the area will need to provide identification.

On the south end, Placerita Canyon Rd and Little Tujunga Canyon Rd will remain closed.

Placerita Canyon Rd between the 14 Freeway and Pacy will remain a hard closure.

PLEASE NOTE: Residents in Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon should continue to remain vigilant and monitor conditions and news. Residents in Soledad Canyon, Agua Dulce, and Acton should remain on HIGH ALERT.

 

 

livestream072416[U.S. Forest Service] – Today the Sand Fire continues to burn with firefighting personnel battling to gain control and increase containment. Firefighters will remain prepping and providing structure defense around homes and property while providing for public safety and firefighter safety.

The Sand Fire is approximately 22,000 acres and 10% contained. Over 1,673 firefighters are engaged in initial attack. Resources include 122 engines, 39 hand crews, 15 helicopters and 8 dozers. The Incident Command Post is located at Golden Valley High School.

Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Mountains are under a Red Flag Warning. Crews will be experiencing temperatures highs of 97 degrees. Winds will be increasing through the day from the South at 10 – 15 MPH with gust of 20 MPH possible. Humidity will be at 10% with an expected cooling trend and slightly higher relative humidity’s firefighters expect to continue to continue making good progress. With the weather pattern changing, it will provide better visibility for pilots, expect to see more aviation assists helping slow the fire progression and allow firefighters on the ground to safely engage and increase containment

Existing road closures and evacuations are still in effect until further notice. The evacuation centers at Hart High School at 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita, 9132 and Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd, Lakeview Terrance 91340. All large animals should go to Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91371.

18 homes have been destroyed with 1 damaged. Residents in Sand Canyon and Placenta Canyon should remain vigilant. Residents in Soledad Canyon going into Agua Dulce and Acton should remain on high alert.

The Sand Fire is under unified Command, Mike Wakoski commanding with John Tripp, Deputy Fire Chief, Los Angeles County Fire, Roosevelt Johnson, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Assisting agencies include Los Angeles Fire Department, California Office of Emergency Services, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Public Works, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Edison, Animal Control and American Red Cross.

 

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L.A County Fire Dept., Sunday 10 a.m.

Acres Burned: 22,000 acres

Containment: 10 percent

Mandatory Evacuations:

All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide.

All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon.

Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station), 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

1500 evacuated

18 structures destroyed

1 fatality (civilian)

Last Update: 10 AM 07/24

Total Personnel: 1673 firefighters

Evacuation Center: New Evacuation Location: Wiliam S Hart HS: 24825 Newhall Ave, Santa Clarita

Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave, Woodland Hills is now accepting large animals. Hansen Dam has reached capacity of large animals.

Community Message Residents can now call 626-574-5208 to get Sand Fire updates throughout the day.

As temperatures rise and the potential for winds increases, Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon remain at risk, as well as Soledad Canyon, and moving into Agua Dulce and Acton. Residents in Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon should remain vigilant, and residents of Soledad Canyon, Agua Dulce, and Acton should remain on high alert.

Road Closures:

Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon- no entry into Sand Canyon

No access to Sand Canyon at NB 14 Fwy

Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon – no traffic into Sand Canyon

Placerita Canyon Rd EB from the 14 Fwy

Soledad Canyon Road EB from the 14 Fwy

Agua Dulce Canyon Rd EB from 14 Fwy

Crown Valley Road eastbound from the 14 Fwy

Sand Canyon Road East of Placerita Canyon to 12300 Little Tujunga

 

 

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43 Comments

  1. Oscar Lopez Oscar Lopez says:

    Thanks for the update, SCVTV.

  2. Justin Gomez Justin Gomez says:

    Why hasn’t a state of emergency been called for yet ?

  3. Anything the community can do to help everyone involved in helping or affected? Maybe donate, food or snacks? Where can I get more information?

  4. Mary Flores Mary Flores says:

    For all first responders …Stay safe guys and gals praying for you all

  5. That is an EVACUATION map. It does not represent the active fire.

  6. Barbara Lee Barbara Lee says:

    So sad. I grew up camping in Soledad canyon, used to listen to the lions and bears growl all night from Shambala. It wasn’t called that back then though. They even had elephants there.

  7. Did it come close to oasis park

  8. Pray for Shambala that they escape the fire

  9. has Shambala evacuated? I am praying so :(

  10. Therese says:

    I pray Shambala and the animals are safe. St. Francis protect the animals, their lives are in the peoples hands

  11. Jennifer K says:

    SCVNews staff, please try to get an update on the welfare of the staff and animals at Shambala, since it sounds like they didn’t have time to evacuate. You said houses half a mile away had burned down around 4PM. It’s now 7PM so I’m pretty sure the fire has moved, hopefully away.

  12. I never went there and I grew up in oasis park

  13. Caren says:

    Is Tippi’s preserve ok? Can’t find any news. Prayers to everyone and immense gratitude to all responding.

  14. Dee says:

    Any roads opened to get into Lancaster from Simi valley

  15. Love our firefighters! They are the very BEST!!!

  16. So is it still burning toward acton

  17. aeryn_sun says:

    Dee- you could take several routes, the easiest would be to take 14 north to ave d ( hwy 138 ) and head west to the 5, then south to the 126 west , take the 23 in Piru to Moorpark/118( or chance the 5 to the 118 ) .

  18. Wow, just wow, pray for SCV….

  19. Praying for you Sanna family… Had been wondering how your house was !

  20. Praying for you Sanna family… Had been wondering how your house was !

  21. Vinny says:

    Palmdale and Lancaster are home to two of the biggest government contracted companies that build aircraft and we are trying to find out where to lease a super scooper. Wow! SMH

  22. betsy andersen says:

    I network for the animals. God Bless our firefighters. I know they are trying to save the animals. My heart goes out to everyone who is caught in this terrible fire.

  23. Louis Torres says:

    I pray to all the firefighters who are putting their time and effort in to control this blazing fire. Grew up in the SC Valley for 40 years and had a lot of fires near where i use to live near San Francisquito Road.

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