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The Terrifying Beauty of the Sand Fire

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I have been through hurricanes in Florida, tornadoes in the Midwest and a torrential flash flood in the Australian Outback, but nothing is more fear-inspiring than a massive wildfire.

Having recently relocated to Southern California, my first experience with a wildfire was two weeks ago. The Sage Fire was clearly visible from our backyard and although small (1,100+ acres), it was clearly a wake-up call on the dangers that living in drought-parched California can bring.

Less than two weeks later, the Sand Fire erupted. As of this writing, over 57 square miles (37,000+) acres have burned, destroying 18 homes and taking one life. Over 3,000 firefighters from all over California have been called in to assist. Major portions of the Angeles National Forest have been destroyed, taking with it some of the most scenic views in the Santa Clarita valley. Also destroyed was Sable Ranch that has been the setting for 24, Maverick, The A-Team.

As the images below show, there is nothing more terrifyingly beautiful than a wildfire.

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The #SandFire ripped through like a freight train detroying 18 homes and taking one life. [Marsha Collier]
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#SandFire destroys popular movie set Sable Ranch [Hollywood Reporter]
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This American flag still stands depsite the #SandFire ravaging the entire Sand Canyon. [Andrew Taban]
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LA County firefighters battle the #SandFire along the Antelope Valley Freeway [Austin Dave]
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Plane drops fire retardant on #SandFire [Austin Dave]
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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument goes up in flames. [ABC7 Eyewitness News]
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Sky Crane Drops Water on #SandFire [Travel + Leisure]
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The #SandFire has burned over 50 square miles. [KTLA]
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Smoke from #SandFire fills the skies above Santa Clarita [Suzanne Baugher]
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The #SandFire looks like an erupting volcano. [Kristina Sky]
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The #SandFire as seen at night from the foothills of Canyon Country. [Ron Pinkerton]
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