Wildfire for Los Angeles County, CA

This alert expired on July 26, 2016 at 8:39:00 AM -0700
LA COUNTY FIRE DEPT: SCV-Castaic-Val Verde-Agua Dulce-Gorman via Nixle
Alert area: Los Angeles County, CA

Posted July 25, 2016 at 8:54:23 AM -0700

#SandFire 33,117 10% Contain. Fire behavior extreme. Pls comply with evac orders.

The Sand Fire has burned 33,117 with 10% containment. Winds will be out of the Southwest at 30 mph picking up in the afternoon. Fire behavior is expected to be similar to previous days. The fire is passive when winds remain low in the morning. Fuels are responding to the the 5-year drought, low humidity, and extreme temperatures which causes the fire to move quickly.

Damage assessment teams are carefully evaluating impact to structures from yesterday's firefight. As soon as the updated information becomes available, it will be provided. Currently, there are 18 structures destroyed and 1 damaged.

Personnel: 2,964
Crews: 43
Engines: 356
Dozers: 14
Water Tenders: 16
Helicopters: 26
Rapid Extraction Team: 2 (Firefighter rescue)

Fatality: 1 Civilian
Injuries: 2 firefighters minor

Residents impacted: 20,000
Residents evacuated: 10,300

770 Large animals currently in the care of Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control. Large animals can go to Hanson Dam, Pierce College, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.

Small animals can go to Hart High School and Highland High School

East of the 14 Freeway, from Golden Valley Road to Sand Canyon Road, excluding the Sand Canyon
Mobile Home Park (residents to evacuate; commercial businesses to shelter in place)
East side of Via Princessa from Lost Canyon Road to end of Via Princessa and all streets east.
Lost Canyon Road from Via Princessa to the Santa Clara River, and all streets to the east.
Sierra Highway @ Shady Lane to Sierra Hwy at the 14.
Escondido at the 14 to Sierra Hwy at the 14.
Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the 14 Freeway.
Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway.
Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce & Crown Valley.
All residents in Sand Canyon from Lost Canyon to Bear Divide.
All residents in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon.
Little Tujunga from Bear Divide to LA River Ranger District (Station), 12371 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd.

Recommended actions

Fire behavior will be extreme today as winds pick up out of the SW at 30 mph in the afternoon. Please comply with evacuation orders. Large animals should be evacuated early in the am to avoid congestion and allowing access to firefighting equipment.


Tips from ready.gov

Excerpted from ready.gov

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Plant fire-resistant shrubs and trees. For example, hardwood trees are less flammable than pine, evergreen, eucalyptus or fir trees.
    Regularly clean roof and gutters.

  • Use 1/8-inch mesh screen beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself. Also, screen openings to floors, roof and attic.

  • Keep handy household items that can be used as fire tools: a rake, axe, handsaw or chain saw, bucket and shovel.

  • Consider installing protective shutters or heavy fire-resistant drapes.

  • Clear items that will burn from around the house, including wood piles, lawn furniture, barbecue grills, tarp coverings, etc. Move them outside of your defensible space.

  • Identify and maintain an adequate outside water source such as a small pond, cistern, well, swimming pool, or hydrant.

  • Have a garden hose that is long enough to reach any area of the home and other structures on the property.

  • More about what to do before a wildfire.

Excerpted from ready.gov

  • Wear protective clothing when outside – sturdy shoes, cotton or woolen clothes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves and a handkerchief to protect your face.

  • Close outside attic, eaves and basement vents, windows, doors, pet doors, etc. Remove flammable drapes and curtains. Close all shutters, blinds or heavy non-combustible window coverings to reduce radiant heat.

  • Close all doors inside the house to prevent draft. Open the damper on your fireplace, but close the fireplace screen.

  • Shut off any natural gas, propane or fuel oil supplies at the source.

  • Connect garden hoses to outdoor water faucet and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs or other large containers with water.

  • Place lawn sprinklers on the roof and near above-ground fuel tanks. Leave sprinklers on and dowsing these strutures as long as possible.

  • If you have gas-powered pumps for water, make sure they are fueled and ready.
    Place a ladder against the house in clear view.

  • More about what to do during a wildfire.

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