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  • Firefighters battle the Sand fire along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on July 24, 2016. (Credit: Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

    Sand Fire: Firefighting Efforts Hampered by Residents Not Following Evacuation Orders, Officials Say

    Residents failing to heed mandatory evacuation orders are hampering the efforts of firefighters batting the raging Sand Fire, authorities said Monday. Some of the 18 homes destroyed in the Santa Clarita-area wildfire over the weekend burned down after residents failed to evacuate, according to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. The supervisor’s revelation came as he urged residents to following evacuation orders during a morning news briefing on the 33,000-acre wildfire. “Please listen when the [Los Angeles County] Fire Department, the [L.A. […]

  • A helicopter makes a water drop on the Sand fire along Placerita Canyon Road near Santa Clarita on Sunday night. (Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

    Sand Fire: Drone Activity Over Burn Area Prompts Warning From Officials

    Recent drone activity over the Sand Fire burn area prompted officials to issue a warning Monday as firefighters continued to battle the raging blaze, which has scorched approximately 52 square miles in the Santa Clarita area. “Yesterday, we had a couple incursions in our airspace, which is already a very dynamic and very busy time for our aircraft during the firefight as the fire comes down to the neighborhoods,” Angeles National Forest Fire Chief Rob Garcia said at a morning news […]

  • A firefighting helicopter hovers close to the flames from the Sand fire as it burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

    Sand Fire Scorches Through 52 Square Miles in Santa Clarita Area; Still Only 10 Percent Contained

    The Sand Fire continued to scorch through the Santa Clarita area in the Angeles National Forest and grew to more than 33,000 acres, or about 52 square miles by Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The massive inferno has left one person dead and destroyed at least 18 homes. The Sand Fire, which had previously led to the evacuations of 1,500 residences, grew again overnight Saturday to 22,000 acres, or 34-square miles. By 10 p.m. Sunday the fire had […]

  • Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the area burned by the Sand fire in Santa Clarita on Saturday night. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    Firefighters Find Body in Car in Sand Fire Burn Area, Prompting Investigation

    A body was discovered inside a car in the Sand Fire burn area Saturday night, spurring an investigation by homicide detectives, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Firefighters were battling the 22,000-acre blaze in the 26700 block of Iron Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita area when they found the remains inside a burned small compact sedan around 7:20 p.m., a sheriff’s news release said. The vehicle was parked in the driveway of a home, which was in […]

  • Smoke and ash fill the sky in Pasadena on July 23, 2016. (Credit: Hailey Branson-Potts / Los Angeles Times)

    Smoke, Ash Fill the Sky in L.A. Area as Sand Fire Burns; Alert Issued

    Los Angeles County health officials issued a smoke advisory Saturday as a raging wildfire burning east of Santa Clarita sent smoke and ash drifting to surrounding areas. Smoke from the Sand Fire was causing unhealthy air quality in central Los Angeles, Pomona, and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys, according to a news release from the county’s Department of Public Health. KTLA viewers reported ash falling in many areas far outside the Santa Clarita Valley, such as Burbank, […]

  • Powerball tickets were purchased in Chino Hills on July 22, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    No Jackpot Winner in Nearly $400 Million Powerball Drawing

    The Powerball jackpot hit $390 million, the ninth largest in the game’s history, ahead of Saturday night’s drawing, according to California Lottery officials. Saturday’s jackpot had steadily grown since May 7, when a single ticket in New Jersey matched all six numbers to win the $284.1 million prize, a state Lottery news release said. At an estimated $390 million, it is also the second biggest Powerball prize of 2016. The winning Powerball numbers were 5, 7, 23, 35, 39 and the […]

  • Flames leap from the Sand Fire late July 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Found Dead in Area of 20,000-Acre Sand Fire; Structures Destroyed

    Homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man found in the area of a raging wildfire that grew to more than 30 square miles east of Santa Clarita on Saturday. A day and a half after it began, the Sand Fire had burned an unknown number of structures, prompted evacuation orders affecting some 1,500 homes, and spread smoke and ash across much of Southern California. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Hahnline confirmed to KTLA Saturday evening that deputies were investigating a […]

  • The Denver Fire Department tweeted this image of a bulldozer after it crashed into a house on July 22, 2016.

    Bulldozer Plows Through House in Denver; 1 Injured, House Condemned

    A home in Denver was condemned after a bulldozer apparently plowed through a fence and into the residence Friday afternoon, fire officials said. The incident occurred in the area of 47th Avenue and Ventura Street, the Denver Fire Department tweeted shortly after 1 p.m. local time. Photos of the scene showed the bulldozer partially into the house, leaving a gaping hole in the roof and piles of wreckage inside and outside the home. The operator of the bulldozer was treated […]

  • David Lowe is seen in a booking photo released by the Brea Police Department.

    Child Porn Found at Home of Brea Man Accused of Secretly Filming Disabled Daughter’s Caretakers: Police

    A 54-year-old man who was arrested this week after he allegedly secretly recorded his daughter’s caregivers while they changed or used the bathroom at his Brea home also possessed pornographic images of children, police said. David Russell Lowe was taken into custody Tuesday at his residence in the 900 block of East Almond Drive following an investigation that took place over the past year, according to a Brea Police Department news release. Lowe is accused of asking at least 10 caregivers […]