The raging Sand fire in Southern California shows no signs of abating as nearly 1,600 firefighting personnel try to contain the blaze.
The wildfire began as a half-acre burn on Friday afternoon but quickly spread through Sand Canyon, spurred by hot, windy weather and dry vegetation primed to burn.
By Sunday evening, the fire had blitzed more than 33,000 acres in the Santa Clarita Valley. The fire—located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles—has left one man dead while destroying 18 homes. Recent reports suggest as many as 10,000 homes (20,000 residents) have been evacuated and that nearly 200 commercial buildings are threatened.
The National Weather Service is forecasting more hot weather today, with highs approaching 95°F (35°C) and afternoon wind gusts up to 20 miles an hour (32 kilometers an hour). Fire officials reported this morning that the fire remains only 10 percent contained.
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