Powerhouse Fire Rapidly Grows; At Least 6 Homes Destroyed

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GREEN VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — The Powerhouse Fire in the Angeles National Forest dramatically increased in size, and had destroyed six homes by Sunday afternoon.

Fueled by hot, dry conditions, the four-day-old fire raced through hills in the area and consumed 19,500 acres.

The massive fire was only 20 percent contained, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than 2,000 fire personnel from throughout California had been brought in to help battle the flames.

The forecast Sunday called for temperatures to drop to around 80 to 85 degrees, from the 100 degree weather that gripped the area a day earlier.

The cooler weather was expected to help firefighters as they battled the flames.

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 had been set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.

Smaller animals could 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.

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