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UPDATE: Powerhouse fire burns nearly 20,000 acres near Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: June 2, 2013 10:48 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2013 10:48 a.m.

The Powerhouse fire has burned close to 20,000 acres north of Green Valley as nearly 1,000 firefighters fight to contain the “rapidly” spreading wildfire and consider evacuations for Green Valley, said a sheriff’s official assigned to the evacuation control center.

As of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, at least 19,500 acres have burned northwest of Green Valley, west of Bouquet Reservoir, according to the latest update released by officials with the U.S. Fire Service.

“They were talking about evacuations for Green Valley but that hasn’t been confirmed,” said Sgt. Paul Zarris of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station manning the evacuation post at 10:30 a.m.

“They’re paying attention to the winds, but at this point they’re still talking about it.”

At least 975 firefighters have been pressed into action since the fire broke out Thursday, Zarris confirmed.

Fire officials report the fire is 20 percent contained as of Sunday morning.

It was described by fire officials as: “Rapid rates of spread with a high resistance to control efforts.”

At least 2,000 residents in the acre were forced from their homes with mandatory evacuations in place for communities of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake, Zarris said.

“Those evacuations for Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes remain in place,” he said.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, more than 1,000 homes were reported as threatened.

Evacuations remain in place along Lake Hughes Road including two youth probation camps and Cottonwood campground.Lake Hughes Road has been closed from Cottonwood campground on the North to Lake Castaic on the South.


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