SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA.com) — A fast-moving brush fire scorched more than 3,300 acres Friday near Santa Clarita and continued to spread late into the evening.
The second-alarm fire is burning along the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway (14) aside heavy vegetation near Sand Canyon Road.
The blaze now dubbed the Sand Fire started just after 2:10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. As of 3:30 p.m., the fire was at 0 percent containment. By 7:30, officials told KCAL9’s Andrea Fujii that they upped the damage estimate to 2,500 acres.
A few hours later, just after 10 p.m, she reported the fire had grown to 3,300 acres. On the plus side, she said the lower temperatures were giving firefighters a chance to battle the blaze more effectively.
One firefighter sustained minor injuries.
Evacuations have been ordered for about 300 homes. An evacuation center has been set up at Golden Valley High School (27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway.)
Two northbound lanes near Soledad Canyon have been closed.
LA County Fire is asking motorists to avoid the 14 Freeway.
Metrolink service has been halted in between the Via Princessa and Acton stations.
Officials said 300 firefighters were battling the flames from the air as well as on the ground.
The Los Angeles Fire Department sent a water-dropping helicopter to assist in the firefight. Fixed-wing firefighting aircraft have also been dispatched to the location.
On Friday evening, Fujii spoke to some of the evacuated residents.
“There’s not much you can do, is there?” said Paul Kelly, “you can just hope, that’s all.”
And RV park manager Paul Kelly marvels at how close the flames came to his home.
“You could see the fire at the top of all these mountains,” Kelly said, “20 feet up in the air; it absolutely looked like apocalypse.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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