- The fast moving Sand Fire stoked by heat and wind started Friday afternoon in Santa Clarita
- More than 20,000 acres of land have been destroyed by the fire, as it's only at 10 per cent containment
- Over 900 firefighters are battling the blaze by air and ground with temperatures soaring past 100 degrees in the area
- Authorities say one person a burned body was found at the scene of the fire outside a home in Santa Clarita
- Detectives are working to determine whether the person was killed by the blaze or another cause
- Hundreds of people have been evacuated as 400 animals were also evacuated from a wildlife rescue in Sylmar
- The Soberanes Fire is also burning out of control near Big Sur on the scenic Central Coast of the state
- More than 6,500 acres of land have been destroyed, as it is only five per cent contained and threatens 1,000 homes
Two wildfires burning out of control Saturday in California have left cities like Los Angeles looking eerie and supernatural as plumes of gray colored smoke filled the sky after more than 20,000 acres of land has been destroyed.
The Los Angeles basin is usually known as a sun-filled area in the summer, but due to the fires, smoke and ash is covering much of the populated city.
Many people took to social media to share pictures of the weirdly colored sky, noting how the wildfires have affected the area as thousands of homes and a sanctuary for exotic animals are threatened by one blaze.
Authorities say more than 900 firefighters who are being hindered by scorching temperatures of up to 112 degrees are battling a blaze in mountains north of Los Angeles known as the Sand Fire.
Late Saturday evening, a burned body was found at the scene of the fire outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Detectives are working to determine whether the person was killed by the blaze or another cause, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein said.
The home also may have burned, he said, as firefighters reported that some buildings had been engulfed.
The Los Angeles basin is usually known as a sun-filled area in the summer, but due to the fires, smoke and ash is covering much of the populated city. Above the red, orange and gray colored sky is scene in Los Angeles, as the sun tries to peak through and shine
Suburban Pasadena and Glendale closed their municipal pools because of smoke and falling ash. Above the Sand Fire cloud is scene above Los Angeles on Saturday as the sun is red
The Soberanes Fire is another blaze that is growing out of control near Big Sur on California's scenic Central Coast.
The super windy conditions and low humidity are not helping it from slowing down, as of Saturday evening, more than 6,500 acres of land have been destroyed and it's only five per cent contained.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned that at times air would reach unhealthy levels. Suburban Pasadena and Glendale closed their municipal pools because of smoke and falling ash.
The fire erupted Friday afternoon in the Sand Canyon area of suburban Santa Clarita near State Route 14 as the region was gripped by high heat and very low humidity. Winds pushed it into the adjacent Angeles National Forest.
The fire was a threat to 1,500 homes by Saturday afternoon, and those communities were advised to pay attention to the news, Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp said.
'But if we were to get very extreme fire behavior, we're up to 45,000 homes ... mainly down in the San Fernando Valley,' Tripp said.
Neighborhoods within the city of Los Angeles lie along the so-called urban-wildland interface at the northeast edge of the valley.
Tripp said the Los Angeles fire chief was ready to join the incident command, and 15 strike teams were put on alert in case flames made a push in that direction.