Aug 2, 2016

41,000 acres burned, Santa Clarita Sand Fire 98 percent contained

Santa Clarita, CA
USA
by
Debbie Sklar
,
MyNewsLA.com
The view from a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter over Soledad Canyon. Photo: LACFD Air Operations
The view from a Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter over Soledad Canyon. Photo: LACFD Air Operations

The Sand Fire is 98 percent contained Monday morning, authorities said.

The fire has burned 41,432 acres since it broke out July 22 near Sand Canyon Road along the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway.

Nearly 800 firefighting personnel were working today to mop up, put out hot spots and shore up and extend containment lines, according to the USFS.

The fire destroyed 18 homes and killed a man, and prompted the evacuation of an estimated 20,000 people, all of whom have been allowed to return home, with the last evacuation orders lifted on Friday