"Firefighters Battle Fast-Spreading Wildfire Near Los Angeles"

"More than 1,600 firefighters battled on Monday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-parched canyons north of Los Angeles, destroying 18 homes, killing at least one person and closing a highway.

Authorities said the Sand Fire had grown to more than 33,000 acres (13,300 hectares) by early Monday, or more than 50 square miles (130 square km), fueled by high winds and parched conditions after years of drought.

It was threatening a string of small communities near Santa Clarita, just outside the Angeles National Forest, the Los Angeles county sheriff's department said."

Laila Kearney reports for Reuters July 25, 2016.


"Fire near Santa Clarita continues to burn out of control, explodes to more than 20,000 acres" (Los Angeles Times)

"California's Costly Wildfire Season Might Never End" (Bloomberg)

"'Like A Freight Train': California Wildfire Guts 18 Homes" (AP)

Source: Reuters, 07/25/2016