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'Sand Fire' Rages on LA's Overbuilt Wildland Fringe

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The #SandFire fire exploded to 3,000 acres in just an hour on Saturday, July 23rd along the urban/wildland fringe between Los Angeles an the Angeles National Forest. As of Sunday midday, it had blossomed to more than 20,000 acres (only 10 percent contained), destroyed 18 buildings and killed one person. The video was shot from a Los Angeles County Fire Air Operations helicopter on Saturday. @LaCoFireAirOps https://twitter.com/LACoFireAirOps/status/756853772463112192 It's crazy that homeowners, abetted by lax building and zoning standards, can put so many firefighters (1,600 at the moment) in harm's way, surrounding homes with combustible non-native palm trees and other non-native plants, keeping an inadequate #defensiblespace between homes and naturally combustible lands. Something has to change? #livingwithfire More from Los Angeles County Fire: https://www.facebook.com/LACoFD/ The "Sand Fire" started at just after 2pm on July 22, 2016 near the 14 freeway and Sand Canyon and has since burned over 20,000 acres of wilderness with the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles, California. Numerous ground crews, fixed wing and helicopter resources continue to battle the blaze.