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Sand Fire Updates: More Than 58 Square Miles Burned in Santa Clarita, California

26 Jul 2016, 12:23 pm

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The Sand Fire in Southern California has already left its scorch mark on the landscape. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite acquired these images of the burn scar while the fire still raged on July 24, 2016.

In the top, natural-color image, the land surface is slightly darkened in the hills and canyons north and east of Santa Clarita and San Fernando. The primary evidence of the fire is the smoke plumes around the edges. The second, false-color image provides a clearer view of the burn scar. It combines shortwave infrared, near-infrared, and green light (Landsat OLI bands 7-5-3) to show active fires (bright red), scarred land that has been consumed by the fire (darker red), and intact vegetation and human development (green).

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The fire consumed chapparal and brush in Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon, on the north edge of Angeles National Forest. The fire started on July 22. As of July 26, it had burned 37,473 acres (more than 58 square miles) and was 25 percent contained by more than 3,048 firefighters from Los Angeles County, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies.

Thousands of local residents have been advised to evacuate more than 10,000 homes. At least 18 structures and buildings have been destroyed. High temperatures and shifting winds, coupled with long-term drought, have fueled the blaze.

As of Monday night, aLL residents in ALL evacuated areas will be allowed to return home, with the EXCEPTION of those located on Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street, Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road & Placerita Canyon Road and Aqua Dulce Canyon Road from 1/4 mile south of the 14 Freeway to Soledad Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road 1 mile from Aqua Dulce Road in both directions. These three areas will remain closed. Large animals will be able to return as well

Images – NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Instrument(s): Landsat 8 – OLI

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