wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley California area has burned more than 11,000 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations in some areas and covering much of the Los Angeles basin with smoke and ash.
The Sand fire, which was reported about 2 p.m. Friday July 22nd, is 10% contained, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.
About 300 residences in unincorporated Little Tujunga Canyon remained under mandatory evacuation orders. One structure has burned, fire officials said.
Mandatory evacuations for Soledad Canyon have been lifted.
Hot, dry temperatures and wind gusts are expected to hamper the efforts of more than 300 firefighters battling the blaze. Fanned by gusts of up to 40 mph, the fire burned more than 2,000 acres overnight.
Meanwhile, a cloud of smoke blanketed much of the Los Angeles region Saturday morning, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a smoke advisory that will remain in effect until midnight Sunday.
People are advised to avoid vigorous outdoor activity, and children, older adults and those with respiratory or heart disease should remain indoors. Residents also are being asked to keep their windows and doors closed or seek alternative shelter.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has extended a heat alert through the weekend. It will remain in place throughout Saturday for the Los Angeles basin and the San Gabriel Valley and continue through Sunday in hotter regions of the county, including Pomona and the San Fernando, Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.