Environment & Science

Assistance center opens for Sand Fire victims

The Sand Fire burning behind the remains of a home that belonged to Christina Pease.
The Sand Fire burning behind the remains of a home that belonged to Christina Pease.
Rebecca Plevin / KPCC

County officials are working to help people affected by the Sand Fire burning near Santa Clarita. That fire is now 93 percent contained after burning nearly 40,000 acres and 18 structures.

A local assistance center opened Friday in William Hart Park in Newhall for those who lost important documents like a drivers license and insurance papers.

Helen Chavez with the L.A. office of emergency management hoeps the center will help victims get on a faster road to recovery:

"It gathers individuals from the state level from the county level and also from non-profit organizations so that individuals don't have to hunt around to recuperate and recover what they need. This is a one stop shop where they can come  get all of their needs met."

The center will be open for three days.