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UPDATE: Firefighters working on 'mop up' and containment

Posted: July 23, 2016 12:51 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2016 2:39 p.m.
Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Denise Johnson walks her two horses, Handsome and JT, back up Iron Canyon Road off of Sand Canyon to their home on Gwendola Lane. Johnson said the horses were rescued by a neighbor and kept safe during the evacuation. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Sheriff's deputies check residents' identification before allowing them to re-enter the Sand Canyon area following the announcement that residents of the area could return home at 7 p.m. on Monday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze. Sheriff's deputies check residents' identification before allowing them to re-enter the Sand Canyon area following the announcement that residents of the area could return home at 7 p.m. on Monday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
Sheriff's deputies check residents' identification before allowing them to re-enter the Sand Canyon area following the announcement that residents of the area could return home at 7 p.m. on Monday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.
The Sand Fire burns near Wildlife Waystation on Little Tujunga Canyon Road on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze The Sand Fire burns near Wildlife Waystation on Little Tujunga Canyon Road on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
The Sand Fire burns near Wildlife Waystation on Little Tujunga Canyon Road on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Firefighters use foam to put out flare-ups on a home at the end of Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Firefighters use foam to put out flare-ups on a home at the end of Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Firefighters use foam to put out flare-ups on a home at the end of Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Damage at a house on Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Damage at a house on Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Damage at a house on Iron Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Sable Ranch, a movie ranch, suffered major damage in the fire. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Sable Ranch, a movie ranch, suffered major damage in the fire. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Sable Ranch, a movie ranch, suffered major damage in the fire. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
The fire has triggered several rock slides in the burn area. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze The fire has triggered several rock slides in the burn area. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
The fire has triggered several rock slides in the burn area. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Flames crest a hill near Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Flames crest a hill near Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Flames crest a hill near Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Flames in east Walker Ranch open space in Placerita Canyon Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Flames in east Walker Ranch open space in Placerita Canyon Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Flames in east Walker Ranch open space in Placerita Canyon Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Flames roar through the hills at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze. Flames roar through the hills at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
Flames roar through the hills at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area Sunday afternoon. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
A line of seven fire trucks along Escondido Canyon Road as firefighters prepare to protect a home on Hubbard Road in Acton. Signal Photo by Dan Watson A line of seven fire trucks along Escondido Canyon Road as firefighters prepare to protect a home on Hubbard Road in Acton. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
A line of seven fire trucks along Escondido Canyon Road as firefighters prepare to protect a home on Hubbard Road in Acton. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
L.A. city firefighters at a staging area on Placerita Canyon. Staff photo by Katharine Lotze L.A. city firefighters at a staging area on Placerita Canyon. Staff photo by Katharine Lotze
L.A. city firefighters at a staging area on Placerita Canyon. Staff photo by Katharine Lotze
Burned-out cars on Iron Canyon Road. Signal photo by Jim Holt Burned-out cars on Iron Canyon Road. Signal photo by Jim Holt
Burned-out cars on Iron Canyon Road. Signal photo by Jim Holt
Residents gather to watch the fire in a shopping center parking lot on Golden Valley Road. Residents gather to watch the fire in a shopping center parking lot on Golden Valley Road.
Residents gather to watch the fire in a shopping center parking lot on Golden Valley Road.
Residents stand along Via Princessa as the fire approaches. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Residents stand along Via Princessa as the fire approaches. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Residents stand along Via Princessa as the fire approaches. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Sheriff's deputies prepare to evacuate residents on Heron Lane in Canyon Country. Signal Photo by Austin Dave Sheriff's deputies prepare to evacuate residents on Heron Lane in Canyon Country. Signal Photo by Austin Dave
Sheriff's deputies prepare to evacuate residents on Heron Lane in Canyon Country. Signal Photo by Austin Dave
Fire burns in Placerita Canyon on Sunday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze Fire burns in Placerita Canyon on Sunday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze
Fire burns in Placerita Canyon on Sunday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze
Fire crests a hill in the Fair Oaks Ranch area on Sunday. Signal photo by Austin Dave Fire crests a hill in the Fair Oaks Ranch area on Sunday. Signal photo by Austin Dave
Fire crests a hill in the Fair Oaks Ranch area on Sunday. Signal photo by Austin Dave
Firefighters observe as the Sand Fire burns through Acton, threatening a home near Soledad Canyon Road. Signal photo by Austin Westfall Firefighters observe as the Sand Fire burns through Acton, threatening a home near Soledad Canyon Road. Signal photo by Austin Westfall
Firefighters observe as the Sand Fire burns through Acton, threatening a home near Soledad Canyon Road. Signal photo by Austin Westfall
Hillsides are charred in the Agua Dulce area. Signal photo by Dan Watson Hillsides are charred in the Agua Dulce area. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Hillsides are charred in the Agua Dulce area. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Badly burned area in Agua Dulce. Signal photo by Dan Watson Badly burned area in Agua Dulce. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Badly burned area in Agua Dulce. Signal photo by Dan Watson
The backyard of a home on Soledad Canyon Road burns on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure The backyard of a home on Soledad Canyon Road burns on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
The backyard of a home on Soledad Canyon Road burns on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
A U.S. Forest Service patrol truck drives through fire on Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday. The Sand Fire jumped Placerita Sunday and moved into the Fair Oaks Ranch area, forcing evacuations. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure A U.S. Forest Service patrol truck drives through fire on Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday. The Sand Fire jumped Placerita Sunday and moved into the Fair Oaks Ranch area, forcing evacuations. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
A U.S. Forest Service patrol truck drives through fire on Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday. The Sand Fire jumped Placerita Sunday and moved into the Fair Oaks Ranch area, forcing evacuations. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
Heavy fire runs up canyon in Placerita Canyon near the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure Heavy fire runs up canyon in Placerita Canyon near the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
Heavy fire runs up canyon in Placerita Canyon near the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rick McClure
Firefighters douse a hot spot in Placerita Canyon on Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson Firefighters douse a hot spot in Placerita Canyon on Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Firefighters douse a hot spot in Placerita Canyon on Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson
Firefighters from Pioneer, in Northern California, sit in the shade as they stand structure protection with three other engine companies at The Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon. Firefighters from Pioneer, in Northern California, sit in the shade as they stand structure protection with three other engine companies at The Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon.
Firefighters from Pioneer, in Northern California, sit in the shade as they stand structure protection with three other engine companies at The Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon.
A helicopter drops fire retardant on an area about 3/4 of a mile east as seen from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon. Signal Photo by Dan Watson A helicopter drops fire retardant on an area about 3/4 of a mile east as seen from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
A helicopter drops fire retardant on an area about 3/4 of a mile east as seen from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Monday afternoon. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Firefighters work to contain the Sand Fire as it spreads along the wash near Soledad Canyon in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. Firefighters work to contain the Sand Fire as it spreads along the wash near Soledad Canyon in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Firefighters work to contain the Sand Fire as it spreads along the wash near Soledad Canyon in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Planes cover patches of the Sand Fire with fire retardent as fire crews work to prevent it from spreading in Sand Canyon on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. Planes cover patches of the Sand Fire with fire retardent as fire crews work to prevent it from spreading in Sand Canyon on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Planes cover patches of the Sand Fire with fire retardent as fire crews work to prevent it from spreading in Sand Canyon on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon, California from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon, California on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
View of the Sand Fire from Stevenson Ranch on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Courtesy photo by Mary Galloway. View of the Sand Fire from Stevenson Ranch on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Courtesy photo by Mary Galloway.
View of the Sand Fire from Stevenson Ranch on Friday, July 22, 2016 at 9:14 p.m. Courtesy photo by Mary Galloway.
Smoke and sun Saturday morning over the San Fernando Valley. Signal Photo by Dan Watson Smoke and sun Saturday morning over the San Fernando Valley. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Smoke and sun Saturday morning over the San Fernando Valley. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Smoke hangs over the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday morning in this photo taken at Golden Valley Road and Five Knolls. Smoke hangs over the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday morning in this photo taken at Golden Valley Road and Five Knolls.
Smoke hangs over the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday morning in this photo taken at Golden Valley Road and Five Knolls.
This photo of ash on a car was taken in Bel-Air on Saturday morning. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze. This photo of ash on a car was taken in Bel-Air on Saturday morning. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
This photo of ash on a car was taken in Bel-Air on Saturday morning. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
Simeon Hagens, an Angeles National Forest firefighter heads to an area off Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Simeon Hagens, an Angeles National Forest firefighter heads to an area off Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Simeon Hagens, an Angeles National Forest firefighter heads to an area off Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
The Valyermo Hotshots firefighting team prepares to head out again on Little Tujunga. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze. The Valyermo Hotshots firefighting team prepares to head out again on Little Tujunga. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
The Valyermo Hotshots firefighting team prepares to head out again on Little Tujunga. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze.
Fire burns in Little Tujunga Canyon on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Fire burns in Little Tujunga Canyon on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Fire burns in Little Tujunga Canyon on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
A view from the Wildlife Waystation near Sylmar on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze A view from the Wildlife Waystation near Sylmar on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
A view from the Wildlife Waystation near Sylmar on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Packing up items from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center preparing for evacuation on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Packing up items from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center preparing for evacuation on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Packing up items from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center preparing for evacuation on Saturday. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Evacuating a turkey vulture from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze Evacuating a turkey vulture from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Evacuating a turkey vulture from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Katharine Lotze
Fire near Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads. Signal Photo by Dan Watson Fire near Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Fire near Placerita Canyon and Sand Canyon roads. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Fire approaches the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Dan Watson Fire approaches the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Fire approaches the Placerita Canyon Nature Center. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Fire continues to rage in Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson Fire continues to rage in Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Fire continues to rage in Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Signal Photo by Dan Watson Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Photo by Rick McClure/For the Signal Photo by Rick McClure/For the Signal
Photo by Rick McClure/For the Signal
The fire rages in the Live Oak Springs Canyon Road area. Photo by Rick McClure/For The Signal The fire rages in the Live Oak Springs Canyon Road area. Photo by Rick McClure/For The Signal
The fire rages in the Live Oak Springs Canyon Road area. Photo by Rick McClure/For The Signal
Sheriff's deputies stand watch near a house on Iron Canyon Road that was damaged in the fire. Signal Photo by Austin Westfall Sheriff's deputies stand watch near a house on Iron Canyon Road that was damaged in the fire. Signal Photo by Austin Westfall
Sheriff's deputies stand watch near a house on Iron Canyon Road that was damaged in the fire. Signal Photo by Austin Westfall
A phos-check fire retardant drop on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson A phos-check fire retardant drop on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
A phos-check fire retardant drop on Saturday. Signal Photo by Dan Watson
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon creep up on State Route 14 as it continues to spread. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Helicopters drop water on the Sand Fire as fire crews work to contain it in Sand Canyon on Friday July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.  Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Los Angeles County firefighters work to prevent the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon from spreading on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. 
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon cause residents of the Rivers End mobile home park to evacuate on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn. Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon cause residents of the Rivers End mobile home park to evacuate on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
Flames from the Sand Fire in Sand Canyon cause residents of the Rivers End mobile home park to evacuate on July 22, 2016. Signal photo by Jordan Glenn.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter approaches the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country Friday evening. Signal photo by Dan Watson. A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter approaches the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country Friday evening. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter approaches the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country Friday evening. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Signal photo by Dan Watson.  Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Signal photo by Dan Watson.  Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Fire retardant is released from an aircraft over the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country. Signal photo by Dan Watson.  Fire retardant is released from an aircraft over the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country. Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Fire retardant is released from an aircraft over the fire at Highway 14 in Canyon Country. Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Signal photo by Dan Watson. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Signal photo by Dan Watson.  Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Hand crews work on hot spots in steep terrain near Soledad canyon road where it passes under the 14 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson.  Hand crews work on hot spots in steep terrain near Soledad canyon road where it passes under the 14 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Hand crews work on hot spots in steep terrain near Soledad canyon road where it passes under the 14 freeway. Signal photo by Dan Watson. 
Courtesy photo Rick McClure. Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
Courtesy photo Rick McClure.  Courtesy photo Rick McClure. 
Courtesy photo Rick McClure. 
Courtesy photo Rick McClure. Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
Courtesy photo Rick McClure.  Courtesy photo Rick McClure. 
Courtesy photo Rick McClure. 
Courtesy photo Rick McClure. Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
Courtesy photo Rick McClure.
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The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday afternoon that there are no active uncontrolled fires in the Sand fire area.

Smoke and fire being reported by residents are from controlled burning operations, Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said at about 2:30 p.m. Controlled burning is used to reduce the amount of flammable materials which could cause a larger fire.

“Crews are working hard to put containment lines around this fire,” Judy said. “They’re doing mop up in areas where fires have burned and keeping an eye on isolated areas of unburned fuel.”

The Sand fire grew to 37,473 charred acres by Tuesday morning as most Santa Clarita Valley residents gratefully returned to their homes to assess damage after the blaze burned perilously close to Santa Clarita Valley neighborhoods early Monday.

Placerita Canyon Road and its neighborhoods remained closed Tuesday morning, but residents of Sand Canyon and most other evacuated area were allowed to go home, though they had to show ID to prove residency as officials sought to keep looters out of the areas.

Also remaining closed were Agua Dulce Canyon Road from Highway 14 to Soledad Canyon Road, and Soledad Canyon one mile each direction from Agua Dulce, fire officials said in an announcement Monday night.

There is still no word on when those residents will be allowed to return home.

Containment of the Sand fire was put at 25 percent Tuesday morning, more than double the estimate Monday night, authorities said.

"We're not really out of the woods," said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Justin Correll. "We're not ready to relax. There's still a lot of firefighting to do."

Over the weekend, more than 10,000 homes – an estimated 20,000 residents – were evacuated as flames neared the Fair Oaks Ranch neighborhood and the community of Acton. Most evacuations were lifted at 7 p.m. Monday.

Heavy traffic was reported in some areas as evacuees began returning home, and law enforcement officials urged people to remain patient.

One resident of the Agua Dulce-Acton area was frustrated that law enforcement refused her access to her home in the 9000 block of Soledad Canyon Road when fire officials said she should be able to get in.

“I’m trying to get home – my husband stayed and saved our house,” Melody Fulton said in a phone interview with The Signal. She said fire officials said she could go home, but not stay, while California Highway Patrol officers who were staffing the access point turned her away.

“I called the Highway Patrol. They verified (access), but the officers still don’t know,” she said Tuesday morning. “I’ve been trying to get home since last night.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ratified a local emergency proclamation for the Sand fire at its meeting Tuesday morning. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, have urged Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency, which would result in the state reimbursing the county for operational costs of fighting the fire.

The county needed to declare the local emergency before Brown could issue the state of emergency.

The blaze, which began Friday afternoon near Highway 14 and Sand Canyon Road, destroyed at least 18 structures and resulted in one death over the weekend as the fire tore through Angeles National Forest – exploding from 2,500 acres Friday night to 33,000 acres Monday morning.

“That fire came through like a freight train,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief John Tripp said.

One person was found dead Saturday evening in an evacuation area on Iron Canyon Road. Firefighters battling the fire found the remains of an unknown person inside a burned small compact sedan which was parked in the driveway of a residence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Homicide detectives said they do not believe foul play was involved in the victim’s death.

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Department identified the man Tuesday as 67-year-old Robert Bresnick. No official cause of death has been determined.

Lesli Hopkins, concerned about her parent's home, and her father who refused to evacuate, tells of her experience and encounter with the Sand Fire.

The fire came less than a mile from Placerita Canyon Nature Center but did not damage the center. However, the fire caused significant damage to the Walker Ranch property, destroying the trailhead and two popular trails.

Sable Ranch in Sand Canyon was severely damaged, and Koch’s Movie Ranch in Acton estimates 120 of its 160 acres burned.

On Monday morning, the Fire Department reported that 200 commercial structures were in danger.

During a news briefing Monday morning at Golden Valley High School, county Fire Department Chief Daryl L. Osby said assessment teams were being sent to see if more homes burned overnight. No update was provided later in the day, leaving the count at 18.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries Friday.

Some 3,000 firefighters, 356 engines, 26 helicopters and 16 water tenders were involved in the firefight Monday.

Footage of Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and homicide bureau detectives on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the unidentified individual's death.

Fire crews faced several challenges – temperatures were above 100 degrees in the afternoon and winds gusted up to 35 mph at times. Aerial attacks were delayed at times due to the heavy smoke affecting visibility, and on Sunday, aircraft were grounded for 30 minutes because an unauthorized drone was flying over Bear Divide.

“If you fly, we can’t,” Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Rob Garcia said. "Our efforts to protect property can be impacted by (unmanned aircraft systems) and drone users."

The fire was unpredictable, often flaring up at unexpected locations or quickly changing directions. At one point, it was heading straight for the freeway.

The Sand Fire continued to grow as fire officials fought back on Friday

Highway 14 was shut down for nearly five hours Sunday from Interstate 5 to Palmdale, closing shortly after 3 p.m. and reopening at 8 p.m. CHP Lt. Eric Broneer said the closure was due to concerns that flames would jump the freeway.

"The fire's just doing what it wants right now," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said early Sunday. "We have to stick back, let it do what it wants to and attack it where we can.”

County officials had planned to allow many Sand Canyon residents to return home Sunday afternoon, but those plans changed at the last minute when a change in wind pushed the fire back in that direction.

“For this time of year, it’s the most extreme fire behavior I’ve seen in my 32-year career,” Osby said.

Officials were frustrated that many residents chose to ignore the mandatory evacuations and remain home until it was too late to leave.

“[Firefighters] felt they lost additional structures because they had to stop what they were doing to help citizens evacuate,” Osby said.

Sunday's Los Angeles County Fire Department's press conference at Golden Valley Highschool

Shelters were set up Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Lake View Terrace Recreation Center in Sylmar and Highland High School in Palmdale. Large animals were being accepted at various locations around Los Angeles County, although many of those facilities quickly reached capacity.

At 7 p.m. Monday, all evacuations were lifted except for Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street; Little Tujunga Canyon Road from Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road; Agua Dulce Canyon Road from a quarter mile south of Highway 14 to Soledad Canyon Road; and Soledad Canyon Road a mile from Agua Dulce Canyon Road in each direction.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned Sunday and Monday that air quality was unhealthy for all individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley because of the fire.

People who have asthma or respiratory and heart problems may experience coughing or shortness of breath. The Los Angeles County Health Department urges all individuals in areas where there is visible smoke or odor of smoke to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical activity.

Many sports practices, summer camps and outdoor activities have been canceled because of air quality. Central Park will remain closed for two weeks, and Concerts in the Park is canceled until further notice.

All remaining summer school classes scheduled for Golden Valley High School are being moved to La Mesa Junior High School beginning Tuesday morning because Golden Valley is being used by firefighters.

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