GREEN VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — The massive Powerhouse Fire in the Angeles National Forest grew to 25,000 on Sunday evening, as the blaze remained only 20 percent contained.
Fueled by hot, dry conditions, the four-day-old fire destroyed six homes and damaged 15 more.
Around 2,100 firefighters from throughout California have been brought in to help battle the flames.
Authorities had estimated they would completely contain the fire by Wednesday, but pushed that date until June 10 because of the fire’s increased size.
Wind gusts and hot weather weren’t helping the fight. The forecast Monday called for temperatures around 86 to 90 degrees in the area.
Wind gusts were expected to die down overnight, but then increase to between 35 and 50 mph on Monday.
Authorities evacuated around 2,000 people, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
“They’ve been told they’ve been ordered to evacuate, and if they fail to evacuate we won’t be able to go in and help them because we’ll be doing other things,” Lt. Dave Coleman told reporters.
At least 1,000 homes were threatened, with the communities of Lake Hughes under mandatory evacuations and Elizabeth Lake under a voluntary evacuation order from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at the Marie Kerr Park recreation center at 2723-A Rancho Vista Blvd., in Palmdale.
An evacuation site for large animals was set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.
Smaller animals can be dropped off at the Lancaster Animal Shelter, at 5210 W Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93536 or the Castaic Animal Shelter, 31044 Charlie Canyon Rd, Castaic, CA 913536.
The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursday near a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power facility in San Francisquito Canyon, near Drinkwater Reservoir.
A DWP power plant operator first noticed the fire and alerted the L.A. County Fire Department, DWP officials said.