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Fire officials said Wednesday they have made progress in battling the Sand fire. The fire now stands at 38,346 acres with 40 percent containment.

Complete story here. Check here for the latest updates:

5:45 p.m.: The county announces more trail closures. Canyon Trail, both ends, the start of the trail near the nature center and the end of the trail at Walker Ranch. Los Pinetos Trail, the start of the trail at Walker Ranch. Waterfall Trail, the start of the trail at Walker Ranch.

4:41 p.m.: Angeles National Forest officially issues an emergency closure order. People who go into the Sand fire burn area within the forest, unless authorized to do so, face up to six months in prison and fines of up to $5,000 for an individual and $10,000 for an organization. Residents and landowners are exempt when going to their property.

3:12 p.m.: New Leash on Life Rescue Foundation, which was evacuated on Saturday, says its 34 dogs remain at Hart High School. The agency remains operational at Hart with emphasis on homing adoptable dogs.

3:05 p.m.: Mandatory closures are in effect on the open space trails in East Walker Ranch and Golden Valley Ranch. The trails will be closed until further notice. The areas are still being assessed for hazardous conditions.

The city encourages residents to observe all barriers and informational signs. The areas pose a threat to health and safety.

10:45 a.m.: 700 of 1,000 large animals allowed to return to areas that had been evacuated.

10:45 a.m.: Fire Departments says at least 800 acres burned overnight along the eastern edge of the fire. 

10:30 a.m.: Smoke advisory remains in effect for most of the Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Mountains.

6 a.m.: Ongoing evacuated areas and hard closures remain closed for public safety. Local hazards including power lines, debris, and equipment may create safety concerns. 

Recent drone activity has occurred over the fire. Sheriff’s deputies are actively attempting to locate and stop this intrusion. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage in part because aircraft are not able to fly. 

During the evening cooler temperatures helped firefighters make progress controlling the fire and increasing containment. 

Unified Command with LACoFD / ANF / LASD  
38,346 Acres, 40% Containment 

Structures Destroyed/Damaged: 
18 Structures Destroyed 
1 Structures Damaged 
5 Minor Structures Damaged 

Personnel: 2,937 Engines: 275 Crews: 72 
Dozers: 29 
Water Tenders: 14 Aircraft: 12 

Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road & Placerita Canyon Road 


Placerita Canyon Road at the 14 Freeway 
Golden Valley Road at the 14 Freeway 
Via Princessa at Lost Canyon Road 
Sand Canyon Road at Lost Canyon Road 

Soledad Canyon Road at the 14 Freeway 
Sand Canyon Road south of Placerita Canyon Road 

Escondido Canyon Road at the 14 Freeway 

Agua Dulce Canyon Road at the 14 Freeway (This is a soft closure, residents with ID ONLY) 
Agua Dulce Canyon Road at Soledad Canyon Road (This is a hard closure. No entry) 

Crown Valley Parkway at the 14 Freeway 
Crown Valley Parkway at Soledad Canyon Road 

Soledad Canyon Road at Bootlegger Canyon Road 

Little Tujunga Canyon Road north of the Wildlife Way Station 

Evacuations affect approximately 1000 residents  

EVACUATION CENTERS (Remain open at this time) 
Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita, 91321  
Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale 93551  

LARGE ANIMALS (Approx. 350) 
AV Fairgrounds 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster, 93536 
Pierce College is accepting large animals 6201 Winnetka, Woodland Hills 91367 
Hansen Dam, 11770 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace 91342 

Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, 93551 
Castaic Animal Shelter 31044 Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic 91384 

Tuesday, July 27

6:24 p.m.: The fire grew to 37,701 acres today. Containment at 25 percent.

6:20 p.m.: The Red Cross shelter at Lake View Terrace Recreation Center in Sylmar has closed. The shelters at Hart and Highland high schools remain open.

2:45 p.m.: The U.S. Forest Service says there are no active uncontrolled fires in the Sand fire area. Firefighters are working on containment and mopping up the areas that have already burned.

2:10 p.m.: Angeles National Forest says smoke and fire that residents are seeing in the vicinity of Sand fire is due to ongoing controlled burning operations.

Controlled burning operations in Agua Dulce

12:58 p.m.: Tippi Hedren, president of the ROAR Foundation, posts a message that Shambala Preserve did not evacuate. She thanks the community for its support and says the preserve's power and communication have been out since the peak of the fire.

12:50 p.m.: Reports of a flare-up near Highway 14 and Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

11:32 a.m.: Numerous downed power lines, which could potentially be energized, remain in areas that were repopulated Monday night. Southern California Edison is surveying and idetifying downed lines but asks that residents report any lack of power or downed lines they observe by calling 800-655-4555.

11:10 a.m.: The only person to die in the Sand fire has been identified as 67-year-old Robert Bresnick, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said. Story here.

10:35 a.m.: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ratified a local emergency proclamation for the Sand fire. Story here.

Angeles National Forest spokesman Nathan Judy explains the Sand Fire's status and the meaning of a containment.


10:05 a.m.: Remaining soft closures:

Via Princesa and Lost Canyon Road
Canyon Park Blvd and Lost Canyon Road
Sand Canyon Road and Lost Canyon Road
Escondido Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway
North end of Crown Valley Road and Soledad Canyon Road 

8:50 a.m.: No press conference is scheduled for this morning.

8:30 a.m.: The fire now stands at 37,473 acres with 25 percent contained. There are 3,049 fire personnel fighting the fire.

Monday, July 25

8:02 p.m.: Those returning home are advised to photograph property damage for insurance purposes and use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist. For several hours after the fire, check for smoke, sparks or hidden embers throughout the house, including the roof and attic.

6:38 p.m.: The fire grew to 35,155 and remains 10 percent contained.

6:23 p.m.: Golden Valley boys and girls soccer camps, cross country practice, and swim and girls volleyball camps are canceled Tuesday.

6:20 p.m.: Evacuation order also remains for Agua Dulce Canyon Road from approximately a quarter mile south of Highway 14 to Soledad Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road a mile from Agua Dulce Canyon Road in each direction.

5:51 p.m.: All evacuations lifted except for Placerita Canyon Road between Running Horse Lane and Pacy Street and Little Tujunga Canyon Road between Wildlife Way Station and Sand/Placerita. Only residents with ID allowed to return.

CHP - Newhall Sgt. Kevin Pack gives tips to evacuees returning to their homes in the Sand Fire area. 


5:38 p.m.: Los Angeles County proclaimed a local emergency at 2:30 p.m. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to ratify the local emergency Tuesday.

3:07 p.m.: More details on Golden Valley High School summer classes moving to La Mesa. Start and end times will remain 7-9:30 a.m. for the first session and 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for the second session. Carpooling is encouraged because parking is limited.

2:45 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to assist the state of California to combat the Sand Fire burning in Los Angeles County.

Armed with an AR-15, Robinson Ranch resident Jim Dematte defends his neighborhood from looters as the Sand Fire pipes smoke behind.

2:02 p.m.: Los Angeles County is taking care of 768 animal evacuees with help from SPCA LA, the city of Los Angeles and counties of Riverside and San Bernardino. Those include 351 horses, 165 goats and 111 chickens.

1:42 p.m.: Command Post for the fire cannot accept donations. Anyone wishing to help should go to a local fire station or call Red Cross at 310-943-5228.

1:20 p.m.: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital reports the Golden Valley Physical Therapy location is closed until further notice.

1:02 p.m.: List of 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.

11:27 a.m.: Major flare-up reported at Running Horse Lane north of Placerita Canyon Road. Area was evacuated Saturday afternoon. Anyone still there should leave immediately.

Helitankers drop Phos-Chek as flames roar through Placerita Canyon

11:20 a.m.: Due to the impact firefighting resources have had on the campus of Golden Valley High School, all remaining summer school classes at the school will be moved to La Mesa Junior High beginning Tuesday morning.

11:12 a.m.: The Placerita Canyon Nature Center reports that the Nature Center, Walker Cabin and surrounding area have not been damaged by the fire. There was heavy damage at the Walker Ranch area, destroying fences, signs and other park improvements.

11:02 a.m.: SCVAA Warrior Football in Santa Clarita has canceled Monday practice due to poor air quality.

Hart High School girls volleyball will meet Monday and Tuesday at LAVA (28325 Constellation Road). Boys volleyball will start summer camp Tuesday.

10:10 a.m.: Air quality will be unhealthy for all individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley and for sensitive individuals in the San Gabriel Valley and San Gabriel Mountains today, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

9:28 a.m.: Sand Canyon, Placerita Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads will remain under hard closure Monday, SCV Sheriff's Station Capt. Roosevelt Johnson said during a news briefing about the Sand fire at Golden Valley High School. California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Pack said most on- and off-ramps from Highway 14 into Agua Dulce and Acton neighborhoods remained closed, as well.

7:18 a.m.: Willliam S. Hart Union High School District announces all summer school classes at Golden Valley High School will be canceled Monday. Other district schools' schedules will go on as usual.

6:07 a.m. Monday: Fire official says 10,000 homes have been evacuated. Winds relatively calm overnight, but fire expected to flare up today. Escondido Canyon Road, Soledad Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road off-ramps closed to northbound traffic on Highway 14, but freeway otherwise open in both directions.

Sunday, July 24

10:15 p.m.: Fire grows to 33,172 acres.

9:25 p.m.: The city of Santa Clarita announces schedule changes. North Oaks, Santa Clarita Park, and Meadows Park day camps are moving to The Centre. Canyon Country Park half-day camp is canceled. Voyagers Camps is moving to Ice Station and Sky High. Valencia Glen and Newhall Park camps will continue as scheduled.

All pools are closed Monday.

Central Park will be closed for two weeks. Concerts in the Park is canceled until further notice.

8:40 p.m.: Witnesses tell The Signal that traffic is bad in Fair Oaks Ranch. People should avoid the area.

8:05 p.m.: College of the Canyons football will not practice Monday in response to the fire.

8:00 p.m.: Highway 14 has reopened after nearly five hours.

6:35 p.m.: There will be no Metrolink train service to or from the Vincent Grade/Acton, Palmdale or Lancaster stations Monday due to the fire. There will be no alternative transportation. Metrolink will only operate between the Via Princessa Station and Los Angeles Union Station.

6:30 p.m.: Evacuations ordered for all residences east of Higway 14 from Golden Valley Road to Sand Canyon Road, excluding Sand Canyon Mobile Home Park. Businesses in the area are being told to shelter in place.

6:00 p.m.: Mandatory evacuations on the east side of Via Princessa from Lost Canyon Road to the end of Via Princessa and all streets east and Lost Canyon Road from Via Princessa to Santa Clara River and all streets to the east.

5:50 p.m.: Metrolink reports that the Antelope Valley tracks from Via Princessa to Vincent Grade/Acton are closed. No alternative transportation is available.

5:15: Antonovich says in an interview on ABC 7 that the county will ask the governor to declare a state of emergency.

5:02 p.m.: The fire has jumped Placerita Canyon Road about a quarter of a mile west of Sand Canyon Road and is moving north. Officials urge anyone still in the evacuated area to leave now.

4:03 p.m.: All athletics, band and performing arts camps at Golden Valley High School have been canceled for Monday. Summer school will operate Monday, but first period will not meet. Summer school will begin with second period at 9:45 a.m.

3:43 p.m.: Mandatory evacuations for Sierra Highway at Shady Lane to Sierra Highway at Highway 14 and Escondido Canyon Road at Highway 14 to Sierra Highway at Highway 14.

3:15 p.m.: Highway 14 is being shut down in both direction from Interstate 5 to Avenue N. Officials are concerned the fire may jump the freeway.

2:55 p.m.: The Sheriff's Department is preparing for possible evacuations in the area of Soledad Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road.

Fire crews stage on Crown Valley Road in Acton in anticipation of the Sand Fire

1:40 p.m.: The Placerita Canyon Nature Center recently posted that the center and all animals are safe at this time, but it will remain closed until further notice.

1:36 p.m.: An evacuation center is being set up for Acton residents at Highland High School at 39055 25th Street West in Palmdale.

1:17 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation issued for Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to Highway 14, Crown Valley Road north to Highway 14, and all of Soledad Canyon Road in between.

1:08 p.m.: Fire is reportedly heading toward Placerita Canyon Road. Crews are moving resources that direction.

1:02 p.m.: The Fire Department confirms all evacuations will remain in effect.

12:42 p.m.: The city of Santa Clarita reports that the evacuations in Sand Canyon area will remain in place due to changing winds.

11:21 a.m.: At 1 p.m., residents in the Sand Canyon area will be allowed to return to their homes, except for those east of Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads. Residents must enter on the Sand Canyon side off of Soledad Canyon Road and travel southbound on Sand Canyon Road. Anyone entering the area must show identification to deputies.

11:19 a.m.: Anyone who has sustained property damage should contact 211 LA County.

11:12 a.m.: More than 1,600 firefighters involved in initial attack.

11:10 a.m.: Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief John Tripp: "That fire came through like a freight train" in Sand Canyon. He thanks residents for evacuating.

11:07 a.m.: Fire remains at 22,000 acres burned and 10 percent containment.

11:02 a.m.: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich urges residents to listen to orders of Fire Department and Sheriff's Department, noting that one person has already died in the fire.

"We want to save lives. We want to protect property. We want to save animals," he said.

10:58 a.m.: Hansen Dam has reached capacity for large animals. Pierce College is an alternative evacuation site for large animals.

10:50 a.m.: TMZ reports that Sable Ranch, a popular filming location, has been destroyed in the fire.

10:08 a.m.: Fire Department tweets that residents of Soledad Canyon going to Agua Dulce/ Acton should be on high alert. Residents of Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon should remain vigilant.

9:55 a.m.: 18 structures have been lost and one damaged. 

6:07 a.m.: The fire has grown to encompass 22,000 acres of dry vegetation. Firefighters were able to lay hose line around 10 percent of the burned area, holding the containment level at 10 percent.

1:41 a.m.: Twenty-three individuals including a dance team from Denmark were seeking refuge at the American Red Cross shelter located at Hart High School. Shelter officials asked the community for breakfast donations for evacuees.

Map of all current information regarding Road Closures, Evacuation Centers, and Mandatory evacuation areas. Provided by the US Forest Service Angeles NF


Saturday, July 23

10:51 p.m.: Angeles National Forest revised the level of containment to 10 percent.

10:45 p.m.: Fire officials said blaze was 20 percent contained.

9:41 p.m.: A body was discovered in an evacuation area on Iron Canyon Road, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They received a call at 7:41 p.m. Saturday. The homicide department is on scene investigating.

6:56 p.m.: Evacuation center is moving from Golden Valley High School to Hart High School, located at 24825 Newhall Avenue in Santa Clarita.

6:47 p.m.: Over 900 fire personnel are on scene.

6:35 p.m.: The fire is now at 20,000 acres and 10 percent containment, according to Angeles National Forest.

6 p.m.: The Placerita Canyon Nature Center has been evacuated. 

5:30 p.m.: 45 Edison customers remain without power at Soledad and Sand Canyon. It is still too dangerous to have live wire in the area, an Edison spokesman said. It is unknown when power will be restored.

3:52 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation for residents from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide.

3:35 p.m.: More road closures have been announced. Placerita Canyon to Sand Canyon southbound, Sand Canyon to Robinson Ranch southbound, Robinson Ranch Golf Course to Bear Divide at Sand Canyon and, Nature Center to Sand Canyon at Placerita Canyon.

3:22 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents in Sand Canyon from Robinson Ranch Golf Course to Bear Divide and in Placerita Canyon from the nature center to Sand Canyon. Fire at 11,000 acres and 10 percent contained.

A Sand Canyon man tells his story of evacuation

12:43 p.m.: Officials stated in a press conference that 15 strike teams are on alert if the fire continues to head toward Little Tujunga Canyon and down to Foothill Boulevard. 

Currently, there are 300 LA County Fire Department personnel and 250 Angeles National Forest personnel. 

Winds are expected to shift to the north between noon and 2 p.m., which is when the Sand Canyon community could be threatened. Another area that will be potentially threatened is Agua Dulce Canyon and Soledad Canyon areas. 

Fire personnel are looking for opportunites to find containment in areas where the fire may be more easily controlled. 

Visibility was an issue for the fixed wing aircraft. Some have had to wait for the air to clear before dropping water or fire retardant. Helicopters have infrared and can drop what they have onto the fire.

11:57 a.m.: The Sand Canyon community may be threatened. There are no mandatory evacuations at the moment, but the fire is being monitored closely and residents will be told to evacuate if the fire moves closer to the canyon.

11:30 a.m.: Fire grew to 11,000 acres and is 10 percent contained along the 14 freeway.

100 homes (300 people) have been evacuated, 1,000 homes are threatened and 100 commercial buildings are threatened.

10:58 a.m.: Power outage at Soledad and Sand Canyon. 

10:41 a.m.: LA County officials state the bulk of the fire is in Angeles National Forest, where the terrain is extreme and includes many canyons. 

Most of the firefight has to be done through the air. 

Eight roads are temporarily closed:

Little Tujunga Canyon Road to Osborne in Kagel Canyon, Lake View Terrace

Sand Canyon Road to Placerita Canyon Road in Angeles National Forest

Placerita Canyon Road to highway 14 in Angeles National Forest

Soledad Canyon Road to Crown Valley Road in Acton

Soledad Canyon Road to Agua Dulce Canyon Road in Agua Dulce, Acton

Soledad Canyon Road to highway 14 in Agua Dulce, Canyon Country

Soledad Canyon Road in Agua Dulce to Shadow Pines in Canyon Country

8 a.m.: Another large animal evacuation site-Hansen Dam Equestrian Center, 11127 Orca Ave, Sylmar

7 a.m.: One structure destroyed.

Residents living in the evacuated area of Soledad Cyn Rd and the 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce Cyn Road are now allowed back in to the area.

Current evacuations still in effect include: Little Tujunga Rd from Bear Divide to the LA River Ranger District (Station) located at 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

300 firefighters worked the fire through out the evening. Two LA County Fire Hawks continued to make water drops throughout the night.

2 a.m.: Evacuations on Soledad have been lifted. Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in Little Tujunga Canyon area.


Friday, July 22

10:30 p.m.: Mandatory evacuations issued for residents on Soledad Canyon Road between Highway 14 and Capra Road and for residents on Little Tujunga Road from Bear Divide Trail to Gold Creek.

10:00 p.m.: The fire grows to 3,300 acres

9:15 p.m.: The fire remains at 2,500 acres with no containment.

8:20 p.m.: Three hundred uniformed personnel on scene.

8:08 p.m.: Report of a small vegetation fire on the northbound side of Highway 14 at Agua Dulce Canyon Road.

8:05 p.m.: What is containment?

8:05 p.m.: One firefighter sustained minor injuries.

7:50 p.m.: There are 29 engines, 12 camp crews, five helicopters, two fixed-wing aircraft and two dozers on scene.

7:20 p.m.: Sheriff's official says the Fire Department hopes to have control of the fire within 24 hours.

6:55 p.m.: The Red Cross has opened its evacuation shelter at Golden Valley High School.

6:40 p.m.: Evacuation shelters for large animals at Wayside, Pierce College and Agua Dulce Airport.

5:58 p.m.: Evacuations ordered on Capra Road off of Soledad Canyon Road. Fewer than 100 people evacuated.

5:55 p.m.: The fire is now at 2,500 acres with 0 percent containment.

5:40 p.m.: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announces that the Los Angeles County Fire Department will receive the S-64F Helitanker HT-731 firefighting aircraft two weeks early due to the drought and recent fires.

5:30 p.m.: Golden Valley High School will be an evacuation center Friday evening, said Dave Caldwell, spokesman for the William S. Hart Union High School District.