According to ABC 7 News, fast-moving brush fires have burned across 5,500 acres of land in Santa Clarita, California, early on July 23, 2016.
Massive amounts of smoke are visible billowing over the hillside and are visible from Los Angeles to Orange Counties, and even in parts of the Inland Empire. Skies across the area, especially in the San Fernando Valley, are dark from the smoke and ash.
A smoke advisory from the South Coast Air Quality Management District has been issued for parts of San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and San Gabriel valleys as well as Los Angeles. The advisory is expected to be lifted, on Saturday before midnight, but if the blaze is not contained, the smoke advisory could be extended.
The fire started on the afternoon of July 22, on a small patch of land and then quickly engulfed more than 3,000 acres of land by nightfall. Chief Dennis Cross, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, stated that there are 50 to 100-foot flame links coursing across ridges and slopes. Cross also said, thus far, it has been a really tough fire season.
Evacuation orders are in effect for residents, in the Soledad Canyon, as well as the area between California State Highway 14 and Agua Dulce Canyon Road. There also have been around 200 to 300 homes in the Little Tujunga, Bear Divide, and Gold Creek that were mandatorily evacuated. Some of the evacuations have been lifted, but fire personnel may order them again after re-evaluating the situation.
This is an ongoing situation, and Guardian Liberty Voice will continue to update.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
ABC 7 News: SAND FIRE BURNS THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN SANTA CLARITA HILLSIDES
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