Los Angeles, CA
The Sand Fire was one of many fires that burned throughout local Los Angeles County in 2016. The Sand Fire is a restoration site from the result of high intensity burning wild fires. This site along with our other fire burned sites are part of a Cal Fire restoration program where we partner with local restoration groups to conduct high volume native seeding and seedling plantings, in order to help regain native vegetation growth to prevent mudslides and sediment erosion. To learn more about the fire's incidents, please read below.
The Sand Fire was a wildfire in 2016 that burned in the Angeles National Forest, east of the Santa Clarita Valley in Los Angeles County, California. The fire, named for the area's Sand Canyon, was fueled by heavy chaparral and brush.
The fire started around 2:10 p.m. on July 22, 2016 near the intersection Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road. By 10 P.M., less than 8 hours after it was reported, the fire had burned at least 3,300 acres (13 km2). At the time the fire broke out, temperatures were over 110 °F (43 °C) with sustained winds of 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) gusting up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).
The Santa Clarita Valley remained under a Red flag warning throughout the 23rd with temperatures reaching 106 °F (41 °C) and sustained 10-mile-per-hour (16 km/h) winds. By the evening of Saturday July 23, the fire had grown to 20,000 acres (81 km2) with 10% containment. Mandatory evacuations had been issued for parts of Sand Canyon, Placerita Canyon, and Little Tujunga Canyon areas. Hundreds of birds and animals were also evacuated from the Wildlife WayStation sanctuary in Little Tujunga Canyon.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed Saturday night that a male's body had been found in the burn area. The body, which was located on North Iron Canyon Road well within the mandatory evacuation area, was identified as Robert Bresnick, a 67-year-old man who had been visiting a friend in the area and had refused to evacuate.
By Monday July 25, the fire had reach an estimated 35,155 acres (142.27 km2) with 40% of the perimeter contained. Officials announced that at 7 p.m. most residents would be allowed to return home, with the exception of residents living on Placerita Canyon Road and Tujunga Canyon Road.
Officials announced on August 3rd that the fire was 100% contained after burning 41,432 acres (168 km2) of land.