A huge brush fire in the Santa Clarita area has already burned as much as 22,000 acres of land, destroying at least 18 homes along the way. In response, authorities declared several road closures and announced a number of evacuation zones. Meanwhile, those in the area are encouraged to be guided by a boundaries map to keep safe.
Current road closures include the northbound off ramp of Sand Canyon along with Placerita Canyon, Soledad Canyon, Little Tujunga Canyon, Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road.
Meanwhile, residents of Sand Canyon with a valid ID have been allowed entry beginning 1:00 p.m. At the same time, areas near the Soledad Canyon Road, Placerita Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road have been designated mandatory evacuation area in order to assist the firefighters in putting out the blaze.
Three evacuation centers have so far been set up, according to the Angeles National Forest. These include Hart High School, Lake View Terrace Recreation and Highland High School. Meanwhile, Pierce College is taking in large animal evacuation. The Hansen Dam Equestrian Center has also been taking in large animals, but it is now reported that the center is full.
According to a report from CBS Los Angeles, the fire is threatening 1,500 homes on Sunday, with the fire only being 10 percent contained. Over 1,600 firefighters have been deployed to the area to battle the blaze. Among them, one firefighter is said to have suffered minor injuries from putting out the fire.
Angeles National Forest Nathan Judy explained, “It’s going in different directions depending on which way the wind is blowing. It’s doing what it wants.”
At least one person has died in the blaze. The victim was said to have been found inside a charred vehicle.
— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) July 24, 2016