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Powerhouse fire jumps to 3,600 acres; heat, winds feared

June 01, 2013|From Los Angeles Times Staff

A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest and Santa Clarita area has grown considerably over the last day, doubling in size to 3,600 acres as of Saturday morning.

Firefighters are trying to contain the 3-day-old Powerhouse fire, but hot, dry conditions today could hamper the battle.

Temperatures in the fire zone are expected to top 100 degrees. The fire remains only 15% contained.

The flames are chewing through dried-out brush andĀ chaparral in the steep, rugged terrain not far from Castaic Lake. So far, one structure has burned and one minor injury has been reported, officials said.

An army of 600 firefighters, 10 fixed-wing aircraft and eight air tankers were battling the blaze.

Winds were low Friday but expected to increase and switch directions Saturday, gusting up to 18 mph. Winds blowing from the northeast will make a 180-degree switch to the southwest, Seto said.

An evacuation center has been set up at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30 St. in Palmdale, and large animals can be taken to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 5210 W. Avenue I in Lancaster. Small animals can be taken to the Lancaster Animal Shelter at 5210 W. Avenue I in Lancaster or the Castaic Animal Shelter at 31044, Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic.


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