Update 3: Sand WildFire Threatens Thousands of Homes

Update 3: Sand WildFire Threatens Thousands of Homes

Update 3: Sand WildFire Threatens Thousands of Homes: ‘These are Not Normal Times,’ Warn Authorities

As the Sand Fire ravages 33,000 acres and displaces 22,000 people, authorities are begging residents to heed evacuation orders.

A California Sand Wildfire has destroyed more than 18 homes, left 1 man dead and is forcing thousands of residents to evacuate as flames raged for a 4th day through drought-parched canyons and foothills north of Los Angeles, officials said Monday.

The Sand Wildfire has charred at least 50 sqm around the rugged northwestern edge of the Angeles National Forest since it broke out Friday, and remained just 10% contained Monday, authorities said.

Since Sunday the blaze engulfed an additional 11,000 acres, according to the latest figures from fire managers.

 At least 18 dwellings burned over the weekend, and the body of 1 man was found Saturday evening in a burned-out car parked in the driveway of a home.

Plans to begin allowing some displaced residents to return to their communities were canceled late Sunday after a dangerous shift in the winds.

Monday morning evacuation orders expanded to 20,000 homes.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Joey Marron said, adding that about 200 commercial buildings were also in harm’s way.

Sunday the number of people evacuated was at 1,500.

Always take extreme care when traveling in fire danger zones, live and property depend on it.

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