LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Firefighters are making significant progress against a fire that scorched nearly 61 square miles in northern Los Angeles County.

The fire command says the blaze is 85 percent contained Friday, eight days after it broke out in a semi-rural area of suburban Santa Clarita and spread into the mountainous Angeles National Forest.

Firefighters continue to work on cutting a line around the fire, perform mop-up activities and withdraw excess equipment.

The east side is in a deep drainage and officials caution that if winds align with that feature the fire potentially could enter heavy vegetation.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Sand Fire

Road closures were reduced as of Thursday night, with only two that remain in effect — Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road going into Bear Divide and Little Tujunga Canyon Road north of the Wildlife Way Station.

Full service on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley line will resume Friday.

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