The Burning Santa Clarita Fires Have Transformed California Into An Apocalyptic Scene

Citizens of southern California have been on edge because of two massive wildfires that have been raging since Friday. Over a thousand firefighters have been battling the so-called Santa Clarita Sand Fire, which has ravaged at least 34 square miles near the city of Santa Clarita. The fire is located north of Los Angeles and the Angeles National Forest.

16 additional square miles are burning in the Big Sur region about 300 miles to the north. Needless to say, the scene in California is frightening…and the pictures of the smoke and haze are near-apocalyptic.

“It started consuming houses that were non-defendable,” according to the Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp.

If you were wondering why the sunset was so colorful + cloudy tonight…#wildfire #californiafires

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At approximately 3am EST, evacuation orders were still in place. Although it’s hard for many to understand the gravity of the situation, the pictures posted to social media by locals help illustrate the fire’s severity.

With the fires in LA, sun is blood red . #losangeled #pictureofday #californiafires#hollywood

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You can access a current map of the active fires on Google (pictured below). Although the Sand Fire is the one drawing the most media attention, it is clear that the conditions in California are prime for wildfires.

when you're trying to make the most out of summer, but there's a scary California fire

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Even though nearly 1,700 firefighters have been fighting the Sand Fire, it was only approximately 10% contained by Sunday evening.

#la #sky #redsun #scary #californiafires #santaclaritafire #LA is covered with #smoke and #ash #burning #fire

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|THE SKY IS BURNING| // #californiafires #santaclarita #fireseason #blacksun #smokey #smokeysky #california

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In many areas of Los Angeles, the smoke has blocked out the sun, casting a red, dark cloud over the city.

Smoke over my condo! #californiafires

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7.23.16 …judgement day in LA

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The fires haven’t been put out yet, so be safe and follow orders issued by the local authorities.

According to the most recent Public Alert posted on Google:

#SandFire UPDATE 33,172 acres burned. All previous evacuations remain in effect (exceptions noted in msg). BE ALERT


Unified Command with LACoFD / ANF / LASD
33,172 Acres, 10% containment

Structures Destroyed/Damaged:
18 destroyed
1 damaged


Personnel: 1,594+
Aircraft tonight

1 Forest Service Type 2 Copter
3 LA County Type 1 Copter
1 Fixed Wing

South of Santiago to Crown Valley between Soledad and the 14 Freeway
West of the 14 Freeway between Escondido and Ward Road

Evacuations encompass approximately 10,000 homes, and 20,000 residents

200 Commercial buildings threatened.

Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, 93551
Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita, 91321
Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd, Lakeview Terrace, 91340
The Evacuation Center at Golden Valley High School has been closed.

AV Fairgrounds 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster, 93536

Pierce College is again accepting large animals
6201 Winnetka, Woodland Hills 91367

Hansen Dam and Jack Bones are no longer accepting large animals.

Highland High School, 39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, 93551
Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall, Santa Clarita, 91321

Castaic Animal Shelter 31044 Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic 91384
Recommended actions
For your safety and the safety of firefighters, law enforcement partners, and first responders, please comply with evacuation orders. The fire continues to move quickly and we encourage residents to leave early and evacuate large animals early.