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14 Freeway in Santa Clarita Valley is reopened after fire-related closure

14 Freeway in Santa Clarita Valley is reopened after fire-related closure
A firefighting jumbo jet paints a ridge with fire retardant near Santa Clarita on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The 14 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley was reopened in both directions Sunday evening after it was shut down hours earlier as a precaution because of strong wind conditions in the fire zone, officials said.

The freeway was reopened about 7:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Several freeway onramps were also being reopened.

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The freeway had been shut down about 4 p.m.

The Sand fire, which erupted about 2 p.m. Friday in the mountain area, has burned more than 22,000 acres and destroyed 18 structures. Authorities are also investigating the death of one person found inside a car in the fire zone, but the cause of death has not been determined.

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UPDATES:

8:15 p.m. This story was updated with new information regarding the reopening of the freeway.

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