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Wildfire rages in Santa Clarita Valley mountains

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Aurora Harris Heller, 62, left, comforts the owner of a home destroyed in the Sand fire in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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The charred remains of a statue stand on a drive on North Iron Canyon Road, where two homes were destroyed in the Sand fire in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters battle a spot fire along Soledad Canyon Road near Agua Dulce on Tuesday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighter battles a spot fire along Soledad Canyon Road near Agua Dulce on Tuesday. (Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters are enveloped in thick smoke while working along Soledad Canyon Road near Agua Dulce on Tuesday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Two charred vehicles can be seen on Iron Canyon Road, near where a person died when the Sand fire swept through Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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One of two homes destroyed by the Sand fire is reduced to rubble and ash on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Aurora Harris Heller is distraught over the death of her neighbor, who was killed when the Sand fire tore through Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Riverside firefighter Mark Powell douses a smoldering structure on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Robert Heller walks back with his neighbor’s horses after evacuation orders were lifted for the residents of Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Heat from flames pushes firefighters back as they monitor a flare-up along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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A helicopter drops fire retardant on a ridge above Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita as firefighters work to gain the upper hand on the Sand fire on Monday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County firefighters Kevin Bowers, left, and Pat Hanrahan are watchful as a plume of smoke builds in the mountains along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighting jumbo jet drops fire retardant on a ridgeline above Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita on Monday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy checks identification of residents returning to their homes on Sand Canyon Road on Monday after evacuations were lifted.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A burned-out machine shop destroyed in the Sand fire sits below a plume of smoke along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Smoke blocks out the sun as flames consume dry brush near Soledad Canyon Road in the mountains near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Burned-out vehicles are left behind on Oak Springs Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

 (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County firefighter Ralph Solis of Engine 127 sprays foam onto a tree still smoldering along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Stephanie Spalter looks at the remnants of a machine shop that was destroyed in the Sand fire near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Fire flares up in brush along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County firefighter engineer Pat Hanrahan from Engine 208 works to put out a smoldering fire burning in equipment behind a home along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County firefighter Roman Legaspi from Engine 208 works to douse hot spots behind buildings along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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The husks of mailboxes litter the charred ground on Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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U.S. Forest Service firefighters Edward Perez, left, Jovanny Cruz and Derek Meyers work to douse hot spots.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County fire crews put out hot spots in a storage building that burned along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Monday.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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An intense fire left behind burned remnants along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Nearly 3,000 firefighters converge on Golden Valley High School, the Sand fire command center, for deployment orders in Santa Clarita on Monday morning.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Smoke from the Sand fire obscures the view in Santa Clarita on Monday morning.

 (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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A helicopter makes a water drop on the Sand fire along Placerita Canyon Road near Santa Clarita on Sunday night. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters remove brush as they battle the Sand fire along Placerita Canyon Road near Santa Clarita on Sunday night.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters battle the Sand fire along Placerita Canyon Road near Santa Clarita on Sunday night.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Onlookers gather at a shopping mall along Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita to watch the Sand fire burn in the hills above the city on Sunday night.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Evacuated residents watch as the Sand fire burns through the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A pall of smoke from the Sand fire hangs over the desert mountains as the sun sets near Acton.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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An L.A. County helicopter makes a water drop along Placerita Canyon Road as the Sand fire burns in the San Gabriel Mountains on Sunday. 

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Traffic from a shopping mall along Golden Valley Road in Santa Clarita is diverted away from the flames of the Sand fire as it burns in the hills above the city Sunday night.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighter keeps watch on the path of the Sand fire as it burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighter sets a backfire as the Sand fire burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The Sand fire burns along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton, threatening homes and other structures in its way.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The Sand fire burns along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has grown to more than 22,000 acres, prompting new evacuations.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighter keeps watch on the path of the Sand fire as it burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The brush fire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has  burned 18 homes.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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A firetruck is parked in front of a home in the Santa Clarita Valley.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighting helicopter drops water on the Sand fire as it burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters battle the Sand fire along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Ryan Alaniz, 6, waits for his parents to load the family car and evacuate the KOA Campground along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A firefighter sets backfires along a ridge as the Sand fire burns out of control along Soledad Canyon Road near Acton on Sunday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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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.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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The husk of a burned-out residence sits along Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Vehicles and other objects consumed by the Sand Fire litter Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Sand Canyon evacuees wait to be allowed back to their homes.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters put out hot spots at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita after the Sand fire swept through the area on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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Firefighters chop down burned vegetation and put out hot spots at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita on Sunday. 

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A charred tree stands over the ruins of a home along Little Tujunga Canyon Road near Santa Clarita.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A burned-out shell is all that remains of a home along Little Tujunga Canyon Road near Santa Clarita after the Sand fire swept through the area on Sunday.

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
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A smoldering home sits off the 26700 block of Iron Canyon Road on Sunday morning.

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Los Angeles County firefighter Anders Heinstedt mops up hot spots at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita on Sunday. The ranch is used for movie and TV production. Several of the sets, including one for Fox’s “Utopia,” were destroyed by the Sand fire.

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Buildings and cars are drenched in Phos-Chek, a pink fire retardant, at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita.

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Rob Chauvie says he was helping his sister evacuate during the Sand fire when he was doused with Phos-Chek, a fire-retardant, in Santa Clarita.

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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Sand fire evacuees pass the time at Hart High School in Newhall on Sunday.

 (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
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A house burns along Little Tujunga Canyon Road as the Sand fire rages near Santa Clarita.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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AJ Moberg, 15, waters down the roof of his family’s house Saturday as a plane dumping fire retardant flies overhead.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A burned van and trailer sit along Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

 

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A truck and a house burn along Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

 

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Seth Moberg, 16, gathers belongings from his family’s house on Sand Canyon Road as the Sand fire approaches in Santa Clarita.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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AJ Moberg, 15, waters down the roof of his family’s house on Sanf Canyon Road as the Sand fire approaches in Santa Clarita on Saturday. 

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A view of the massive cloud from the Sand fire, as seen from Alameda and 6th streets in Los Angeles.

 (Genaro Molina/ Los Angeles Times )
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Women evacuate horses along Sand Canyon Road as the Sand fire approaches in Santa Clarita. Hundreds of other animals also were evacuated.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Flames from the Sand fire burn a hillside near Little Tujunga Canyon on Saturday.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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AJ Moberg, 15, waters down the roof of his family’s house on Sand Canyon Road.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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Charlie Erasmo takes pictures of water-dropping helicopters as they come in for water to battle the Sand fire in Santa Clarita on Saturday.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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A water-dropping helicopter makes a run as the Sand fire burns in Santa Clarita on Saturday morning.

 (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
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L.A. County firefighter Joshua Miramontes with Engine 82 works the fast-growing brush fire east of Santa Clarita.

 (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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A helicopter drops water on the fast-growing brush fire east of Santa Clarita. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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The Santa Clarita wildfire is visible from the Top of Topanga Overlook.

 

 (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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