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(LOS ANGELES) — Firefighters are still working to control the fast-moving wildfire that has scorched 37,473 acres near Los Angeles since last Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than 3,000 firefighters have been deployed to halt the wildfire’s path, according to the department. About 25 percent of the fire has been contained.

Some evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes Monday night, fire officials announced, with the exception of those living in areas still deemed too dangerous.

About 10,000 homes were evacuated because of the massive blaze near Santa Clarita.

As of Monday, one death has been reported and 18 structures have been destroyed, officials said.

The U.S. Forest Service has asked residents not to fly drones over the fire.

“Recent drone activity has occurred over the fire in the Bear Divide Area. When drones interfere with firefighting efforts, a wildfire has the potential to grow larger and cause more damage. On the Sand Fire­­, an FAA Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect and any private aircraft or drone that violates the TFR could face serious criminal charges,” according to a statement on the agency’s site.

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