July 25, 2016 1:25 p.m. PDT
Authorities said the fire is flaring up on Running Horse Lane North of Placerita Canyon Road. Residents in this area of Sand Canyon were previously ordered to evacuate when the Sand Fire initially impacted the Sand and Placerita Canyons on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at about 3:15 pm. Residents who are able to safely evacuate should do so; however, it may be necessary to shelter in place.
July 25, 2016 8:03 a.m. PDT
About 20,000 civilians are under mandatory evacuation as of Monday morning. There are 10,300 structures still considered threatened by fire officials, 18 structures have been destroyed and one has been damaged. A smoke advisory has also been issued for parts of the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.
July 24, 2016 9:15 p.m. PDT
Some 10,300 homes are considered threatened by the Sand Fire, Justin Correll of the U.S. Forest Service said just before 9 p.m. Sunday.
Correll said rapid fire growth has made it difficult to track the fire's growth. Available personnel are devoted to fighting the fire and so there's been less time to map the perimeters, he said.
Authorities plan to hold a normal operational briefing at 6 a.m. on Monday at the incident command post.
July 24, 2016 7:21 p.m. PDT
There will be no Metrolink service to or from the Vincent Grade/Acton, Palmdale or Lancaster stations due to the fire which has prompted evacuations and traffic closures along Highway 14. Metrolink trains will only operate between the Via Princessa Station and Los Angeles Union Station.
July 24, 2016 12:39 p.m. PDT
Authorities are preparing to lift some evacuation orders after a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles destroyed 18 homes but are warning residents of other communities to get ready to leave. Officials said Sunday that shifting winds are pushing the flames to the northeast through Angeles National Forest and toward the city of Acton. They say some residents who fled canyons near Santa Clarita where the homes burned will be allowed to return Sunday afternoon. The blaze sparked Friday has charred more than 34 square miles of dry brush and is just partially contained. Its cause is under investigation. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials are investigating the death of a man found Saturday in a burned car outside a home in the fire zone.
July 23, 2016 9:56 p.m. PDT
Authorities in charge of managing the Sand Fire have learned there are buildings that have been destroyed or damaged in the Bear Divide and Sand Canyon areas. According to the incident page damage assessment teams have been sent to the area and more information will be released when it is available.
July 23, 2016 1:23 p.m. PDT
During an afternoon news conference, Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief John Tripp said winds are expected to shift Saturday afternoon, and come out of the southwest giving the Sand Fire the potential to spread north.
Tripp said priorities are Lake View Terrace and Little Tujunga Canyon areas. No. 2 is Sand Canyon and No. 3 is the Agua Dulce and Soledad Canyon area.
When asked how many homes were threatened, Tripp said authorities have two numbers in mind.
"We have one number of 1,000 homes threatened. But if we were to get very extreme fire behavior, we're up to 45,000 homes in those areas mainly down in the San Fernando Valley," he said.
All of those in areas affected by the fire should be prepared to evacuate when directed.
"We've also put on alert another 15 strike teams that if the fire does make a big push where it starts going not only toward the ranches in Little Tujung but down toward Foothill Boulevard in the Lake View Terrace area, those residents need to stay in tune with the media," Tripp said.
July 23, 2016 12:12 p.m. PDT
The city of Pasadena has closed its swimming pools and cancelled all youth soccer games scheduled at city recreation facilities Saturday.
July 23, 2016 12:12 p.m. PDT
Much of the sky over greater Los Angeles is tinted a shade of orange-brown and ash has fallen in some areas.
Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, tells KPCC a ridge of high pressure over the region is producing the hot conditions we've seen in the region the last few days. He says on Friday night, the fire area was buffeted by wind gusts of 25 to 40 mph.
Smoke is moving toward the southeast and falling ash has been reported in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys.
"Because of the northwest flow we're seeing across Los Angeles county," Hall says, "that will continue bringing smoke impacts into the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley and maybe even into downtown. That may shift a little bit east as the sea breeze starts to kick in [Saturday] afternoon. We may see the smoke plume start to push a little bit east."
The SCAQMD has issued an air quality advisory for parts of the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Pomona/Walnut and Santa Clarita Valleys. Everyone should avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion and people with respiratory or heart disease, older adults and children should remain indoors.