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March 1, 1992
An Elizabeth Lake man was killed after his car flipped over on Elizabeth Lake Road, authorities said Saturday. Morris Johnson, 39, was driving east near Munz Ranch Road about 8 p.m. Friday when he lost control of his car on a curve, California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Smart said. The car overturned and Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, Smart said. No other cars were involved in the accident, Smart said.
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June 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The tally of homes reported destroyed in the Powerhouse fire rose dramatically Thursday, as authorities discovered 24 homes were burned out, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews, who were able to explore the burn area more fully on Wednesday. Akins said he believes some of the additional destroyed homes are believed to be in a canyon near Lake Hughes.  Fire personnel have the fire 78% surrounded and expect full containment around midnight Monday.
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June 30, 1989 | From a Times Staff Writer
Firefighters declared Thursday that they have gained the upper hand on a 3,700-acre fire that burned a house and two barns near the remote Los Angeles County community of Elizabeth Lake. Full control was expected by this morning. Elizabeth Lake is a community of 2,500 in the foothills west of Antelope Valley. Los Angeles County firefighters said the fire is "95% under control." They said five vehicles and electric power poles and lines were also destroyed. Southern California Edison Co. officials said power was restored by 10:30 a.m. Thursday to about 700 customers who had been without power overnight.
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June 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Authorities on Thursday significantly increased the number of homes destroyed by the Powerhouse fire to 24, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews that were able to explore the burn area more fully mid-week. All 24 of the destroyed homes were in or around Lake Hughes. Atkins said the newly discovered destruction was in a nearby canyon. The fire also claimed 29 outbuildings when erratic winds drove the flames toward the hamlets of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake and surrounding areas overnight Saturday.
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June 2, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Louis Sahagun and Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Tony Liparote and his family have lived in Elizabeth Lake for 22 years. They'd always counted themselves lucky that brush fires had never chased them from their home. But that changed Saturday night, when triple-digit temperatures and erratic winds sent the Powerhouse fire careening into Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, two small towns west of Palmdale in northern Los Angeles County. At 9 p.m. they packed some belongings after a sheriff's deputy warned residents of a possible evacuation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1997
I read with amusement your several articles and features (I believe it was at least six) regarding the so-called dismal poppy season in the Antelope Valley. While it is true the California state flower has had a better showing, there were indeed some poppy-covered landscapes that were simply breathtaking! JOHN L. SCOTT Elizabeth Lake
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June 29, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
A brush fire that threatened two small Antelope Valley communities and charred more than 2,000 acres of mostly rugged terrain was 80% contained this morning, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. Though one home and two other structures were burned Wednesday (Story, Part I, Page 3) when the fire skirted between Elizabeth Lake and Green Valley, forcing the temporary evacuation of 1,000 people, the fire was moving northwesterly into mountainous areas today and no communities or structures were threatened, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
Two American flags survived the major brush fire that was dying down Thursday after it swept through the Elizabeth Lake and Green Valley areas Wednesday and forced the evacuation of at least 1,500 residents. One flag belonged to Velma Majors. Along with porcelain figures handmade by her mother, it was among the few possessions she retrieved from the rubble of the house the Majors family rented on San Francisquito Canyon Road south of Elizabeth Lake, an isolated mountain community of 2,500.
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June 29, 1989 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
A brush fire raced into the outskirts of the small mountain community of Elizabeth Lake in the Angeles National Forest on Wednesday afternoon, forcing residents to choose between fleeing the flames or staying to defend their homes. Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol cars hurried along the roads, urging residents over loudspeakers to evacuate immediately. Sheriff's deputies and county fire officials estimated that from 1,000 to 1,500 of the 2,500 residents did so. Others stayed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Flames fanned by strong winds in the Angeles National Forest burned close to high-voltage electrical lines Thursday afternoon, and mandatory evacuations were being ordered as a brush fire raged out of control . About 400 acres had been burned as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze, officials said. The Powerhouse fire in San Francisquito Canyon north of Castaic had burned at least one structure as thick clouds of smoke billowed into the air, according to television news footage.
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June 3, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in Santa Clarita will endure another day of high heat and strong winds through the Antelope Valley on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-80s with wind gusts up to 45 mph in the hills and valleys south of Lake Hughes, where the wildfire burning since Thursday has scorched at least 22,242 acres and is 20% contained. Crews will get a brief respite in the morning as a layer of cool, moist air settles over the area, but that will burn off in the afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Christine Mai Duc
The Powerhouse fire has a dance all its own, and firefighters have struggled to keep up with the flames. When it started Thursday, the fire threatened Green Valley in San Francisquito Canyon. Then it veered west toward Castaic Lake before speeding toward Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, almost overrunning the towns. More recently, it has moved north into the Lancaster area. The fire was pushed by hot winds but also fed by a potent combination of dense chaparral - some of which hasn't burned since 1929 - and highly flammable grasses.
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June 3, 2013 | By Hector Becerra and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
The Powerhouse fire has a dance all its own, and firefighters have struggled to keep up with the flames. When it started Thursday, the fire threatened Green Valley in San Francisquito Canyon. Then it veered west toward Castaic Lake before speeding toward Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, almost overrunning the towns. More recently, it has moved north into the Lancaster area. The fire was pushed by hot winds, but also a potent combination of dense chaparral - some of which hasn't burned since 1929 - and highly flammable grasses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Powerhouse fire continued to threaten hundreds of homes near Lake Hughes on Sunday night as firefighters tried to gain control of the fast-moving and destructive blaze. The fire had consumed 22,242 acres, and destroyed six homes and damaged nine others. The fire was only 20% contained Sunday night, and firefighters said full containment could be at least a week away. Crews planned to continue their battle in the dry brush throughout the night, focusing on the northern areas where the flames had spread most rapidly Sunday.
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June 2, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Louis Sahagun and Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
Tony Liparote and his family have lived in Elizabeth Lake for 22 years. They'd always counted themselves lucky that brush fires had never chased them from their home. But that changed Saturday night, when triple-digit temperatures and erratic winds sent the Powerhouse fire careening into Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, two small towns west of Palmdale in northern Los Angeles County. At 9 p.m. they packed some belongings after a sheriff's deputy warned residents of a possible evacuation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Flames fanned by strong winds in the Angeles National Forest burned close to high-voltage electrical lines Thursday afternoon, and mandatory evacuations were being ordered as a brush fire raged out of control . About 400 acres had been burned as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze, officials said. The Powerhouse fire in San Francisquito Canyon north of Castaic had burned at least one structure as thick clouds of smoke billowed into the air, according to television news footage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The tally of homes reported destroyed in the Powerhouse fire rose dramatically Thursday, as authorities discovered 24 homes were burned out, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews, who were able to explore the burn area more fully on Wednesday. Akins said he believes some of the additional destroyed homes are believed to be in a canyon near Lake Hughes.  Fire personnel have the fire 78% surrounded and expect full containment around midnight Monday.
NEWS
June 30, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writers
Aided by diminishing winds and cooler air, firefighters began Thursday to encircle a 7,500-acre fire in deep brush in the Cleveland National Forest that has destroyed seven structures, and they declared the upper hand on a 3,700-acre fire that burned a house and two barns near the remote Los Angeles County community of Elizabeth Lake. Most of the several hundred Riverside County residents evacuated when the Cleveland National Forest fire burned close to the west shore of Lake Elsinore were allowed back into their homes Thursday.
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August 25, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Rustic, dotted with willows and cottonwoods and largely untouched, the tiny Leona Valley communities of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake mark a slow and quiet corner of Los Angeles County. Known jointly as The Lakes, it is a community rich with tales of stagecoach stops, bandit hideaways -- even legendary lake monsters. But a welcome sign sums up residents' greatest pride: "The Lakes: Where Nature Is Your Neighbor." "That's why we chose to live here," said Allaire Koslo, the community's honorary mayor, whose family has lived in the area for more than 40 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1997
I read with amusement your several articles and features (I believe it was at least six) regarding the so-called dismal poppy season in the Antelope Valley. While it is true the California state flower has had a better showing, there were indeed some poppy-covered landscapes that were simply breathtaking! JOHN L. SCOTT Elizabeth Lake
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