ENVIRONMENT

Photos Show Devastation Left By Wildfire Consuming Southern California

The blaze has ripped through the region "like a freight train," one official said.

An out-of-control brush fire consumed hillsides around the Santa Clarita Valley near Los Angeles over the weekend, charring 33,000 acres and destroying more than a dozen structures in the region. 

One person was found dead inside a burned vehicle, although it was unclear if the fire was to blame.

On Sunday, firefighters struggled to extinguish the “very serious” blaze, which was spurred by heavy winds and daily temperatures stretching up to 97 degrees Fahrenheit. More than 1,600 people worked to control the fire, yet just 10 percent was contained.

The fire’s severity prompted mandatory evacuations for hundreds of people and hundreds of homes remain under threat, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

Deputy fire chief John Tripp told the Los Angeles Times that the wildfire had grown rapidly, swelling by more than 10,000 acres on Sunday and ripping through the region “like a freight train.”

In a state still reeling from years of drought, photos from the front lines showed the awesome power of the flames. Take a look below:

  • A firefighter hoses down burning pipes near a water tank.
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    A firefighter hoses down burning pipes near a water tank.
  • A firefighting helicopter makes a drop.
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    A firefighting helicopter makes a drop.
  • Firefighters battle flames in Placerita Canyon.
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    Firefighters battle flames in Placerita Canyon.
  • The Sand Fire burns in Santa Clarita.
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    The Sand Fire burns in Santa Clarita.
  • A firefighting helicopter drops water on a flaming hillside.
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    A firefighting helicopter drops water on a flaming hillside.
  • Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew work to control the blaze near a residential golf course.
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    Firefighters of the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew work to control the blaze near a residential golf course.
  • The fire has consumed dozens of square miles.
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    The fire has consumed dozens of square miles.
  • Residents flee their home as flames continue to spread. 
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    Residents flee their home as flames continue to spread. 
  • A car covered in aerially-applied fire retardant.
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    A car covered in aerially-applied fire retardant.
  • An emergency responder watches the fire in the distance.
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    An emergency responder watches the fire in the distance.
  • A firefighter reaches for the door of his truck as flames close in on homes.
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    A firefighter reaches for the door of his truck as flames close in on homes.
  • Inmate handcrew firefighters shield themselves from embers and heavy smoke.
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    Inmate handcrew firefighters shield themselves from embers and heavy smoke.
  • Members of the hand crew rest on a hillside.
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    Members of the hand crew rest on a hillside.
  • Los Angeles County firefighters pause to fight the flames due to erratic winds.
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    Los Angeles County firefighters pause to fight the flames due to erratic winds.
  • A view of the ash and smoke cloud from the fire.
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    A view of the ash and smoke cloud from the fire.
  • Firefighters are forced to retreat as flame close in on them in Placerita Canyon.
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    Firefighters are forced to retreat as flame close in on them in Placerita Canyon.
  • A firefighting helicopter drops water on the blaze.
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    A firefighting helicopter drops water on the blaze.
  • Flames blown by strong winds close in on homes.
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    Flames blown by strong winds close in on homes.
  • A firefighter with the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew lights a backfire near homes to fight the Sand Fire.
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    A firefighter with the Texas Canyon Hotshot crew lights a backfire near homes to fight the Sand Fire.
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