Deputies were investigating the possibility of a burned body being found amid a raging wildfire that grew to more than 30 square miles east of Santa Clarita on Saturday, prompting evacuation orders affecting some 1,500 homes and spreading smoke and ash across much of Southern California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sheriff’s Lt. Rob Hahnline confirmed to FOX40 sister station KTLA Saturday evening that deputies were investigating a report of a burned body found on North Iron Canyon Road.
A man who had been separated from his significant other at the home they share on North Iron Canyon Road was found dead in a burned car, his neighbor told KTLA. The home burned down, said the neighbor, who did not know the fate of her own home.
Sheriff’s Department officials informed the man’s partner that her significant other was found dead, the neighbor said.
The Sheriff’s Department said in a brief statement that homicide detectives were responding at 7:20 p.m. to the death of a man who was found deceased in the 26700 block of Iron Canyon Road. No other information was available.
The Sand Fire broke out about 2:10 p.m. Friday along the northbound side of the 14 Freeway near Sand Canyon Road and had burned 3,327 acres within eight hours, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
By the following morning, it had grown to an estimated 5,500 acres, but containment was still at 0 percent, the Fire Department said. Hours later, the fire had exploded to 11,000 acres, and was 10 percent contained, the department tweeted.
By 6:15 p.m., it was at 20,000 acres and still 10 percent contained, the Angeles National Forest Twitter account said.
“Extreme fire behavior” was expected through midnight Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
The fast-growing fire prompted a number of evacuations, including a mandatory one in unincorporated Little Tujunga Canyon. The order impacted residents from Bear Divide to the Los Angeles River Ranger Station.
A new order was issued about 3:45 p.m. for Sand Canyon area from Lost Canyon Road to Bear Divide, and in Placerita Canyon from the Nature Center to Sand Canyon.
Voluntary evacuation orders were in place from Gold Creek to Camps 16.
About 1,500 homes were in the evacuation area, the Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook early Saturday evening. The Fire Department at one point said 1,500 homes were “threatened,” but later removed that language from its incident page.
Residents seeking info on the Sand Fire can call the information hotline at 626-574-5208.
The Sand Fire started about 27 miles north-northeast of downtown Los Angeles.