Environment & Science

Sand Fire now 40 percent contained

Firefighters battle flames in Placerita Canyon at the Sand Fire on July 24, 2016 in Santa Clarita, California.
Firefighters battle flames in Placerita Canyon at the Sand Fire on July 24, 2016 in Santa Clarita, California.
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The fire command says the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita is now 40 percent contained.

The wildfire grew slightly overnight to nearly 60 square miles. A handful of neighborhoods remained evacuated Wednesday morning.

Evacuations were still in effect for Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Waystation to Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road.

Road closures remain in the following areas:

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that power lines, debris and equipment are all considered safety concerns. It also said that drones flying in the fire zone continue to be a problem, and the department is working to locate and stop the aircrafts interfering with aerial efforts to fight the fire. 

The fire erupted Friday afternoon in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Crews face another day of temperatures in the 90s to low 100s as they battle the fire, which destroyed 18 homes near Santa Clarita.  

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Supervisors declared a state of emergency to free up resources to help those who lost their homes and reimburse firefighters.

Acting Governor Tom Torlakson followed with an emergency proclamation for Los Angeles and Monterey counties due to the Sand Fire and the Soberanes Fire, which has burned more than 20,000 acres and threatens homes in Monterey County.

This story has been updated.