High winds kick up dust; no active fires in Santa Clarita

Dust rises out of the Sand Fire burn area in Canyon Country Friday morning as high winds prevail. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

It’s dust and more dust, not smoke — at least that’s what was rising out of the Sand Fire burn area just southeast of Highway 14 in Canyon Country this morning.

High winds expected to exceed 60 miles per hour throughout the day generated brown clouds almost reminiscent of last July when flames tore through the hills of Sand Canyon, sending smoke sky high.

The good news: no active fires were burning in Los Angeles County as of 10:05 a.m. this morning. Factor in high ground moisture levels and conditions are not near what Santa Clarita experienced last summer.

But, fire department officials are still asking locals to be vigilant and cautious.

In this panorama, brown dust clouds rise above Canyon Country as seen from Golden Valley Park Friday morning. (Austin Dave/The Signal)

About 90 percent of wildland fires are caused by humans, according to the U.S. Forestry Service. Fire department officials warned against throwing lit cigarettes out of the car window and maintaining outdoor open flames.

If you do find yourself outside legally burning material, you’re required to have a burn permit.

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