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Temporary Assistance Center Opens to Help Owners of Homes Destroyed in Sand Fire

The center at Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park will be open Friday, Saturday and Monday

A temporary center in Newhall will open Friday to help residents affected by the Sand Fire rebuild homes and replace records destroyed in the Santa Clarita Valley wildfire.

The center at Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., will be in operation Friday, Saturday and Monday. The hours of operation will be between 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Monday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

No service will be provided Sunday.

The Sand Fire, which broke out July 22, was 100 percent contained Thursday. The fire scorched 41,432 acres, destroyed 18 homes and killed a man. At the height of the fire, some 20,000 people had to vacate their homes and the fire burned about 10,000 acres per day.

Representatives of state, county and nonprofit organizations will be at the center to provide information on how to replace lost records, apply for building permits and offer other help and referrals. Donations will not be accepted at the center. Jeff Reeb, director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, said the local assistance center will "provide a single place for people impacted by the Sand Fire to receive help and get them on the road to recovery."

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