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Sand Fire: California declares state of emergency in LA County

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| The announcement from the governor's office notes that the fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations.

Should LA spend $37 million on a firefighting plane?

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The "Super Scooper" can dump 1600 gallons of water at a time, and swoop into reservoirs to fill back up. L.A. County must decide if it should lease or buy one.

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Sand Canyon resident who lost home: 'It looks like hell'

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Christina and Drew Pease did the best they could to prepare for this year's fire danger, but nothing could have stopped the Sand Fire from destroying her home.

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Sand Fire: Most evacuations lifted as fire slows

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The fire has burned about 52 square miles in just three days, but most evacuations were set to end Monday evening. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes.

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More volunteers moving 4-legged neighbors out of fire's path

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As the Sand Fire rages, locals are rigging up horse trailers and evacuating animals of all stripes. Said one: "I didn't even know what an alpaca was until I came here."

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Sand Fire disrupting rail service for Antelope Valley commuters

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Metrolink officials expected rail service north of the Via Princessa station would be cancelled for a second day because of the Sand Fire.

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Community mourns Erskine fire victims, works to cope with the aftermath

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A memorial for a couple killed in the most destructive fire in California so far this year gathers together those grieving, and struggles with scant resources to recover.

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More evacuations ordered as Sand Fire grows over 22,000 acres

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Fire personnel are battling the blaze, which exploded Friday afternoon. All the latest info on containment, evacuations, road closures and air quality.

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