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Thirty homes destroyed in Powerhouse

Electricity should be restored today

Posted: June 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 8, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A fire-damaged utility pole on Newview Drive in Lake Hughes as it appeared last Tuesday.

 

As more and more homes are reported destroyed in the wake of the Powerhouse Fire, crews from Southern California Edison were working Friday to restore power to those that were spared.

The number of homes destroyed in the week-old fire grew to 30 on Friday, according to Angeles National Forest spokeswoman Lisa Lugo. This was an increase of six from Thursday’s estimates.

Another 28 structures have also been reported destroyed, Lugo said. Four other structures, including three residences, suffered damage as a result of the fire.

Last weekend fire officials said just six homes were destroyed. The number was 16 by Wednesday and almost doubled to Friday.

Angeles National Forest Safety Officer Ron Ashdale said increasing numbers of reported damaged and destroyed structures is not unusual when damage assessment crews go to work in a fire’s burn area.

The estimated size of the fire remained unchanged Friday at 30,274 acres, but the fire stood at 84 percent contained, Lugo said. Complete containment was expected on Monday.

While most roads in the fire’s burn area have reopened to local traffic, the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon Road will be closed today starting at 8 a.m. to accommodate fire crews, Lugo said.

“We need to make sure we can get in there for mop-up efforts,” sho said.

Along with structures, the Powerhouse Fire took its toll on utility poles. Southern California Edison reportedly lost 137 poles during the fire, but 128 of those had been replaced by Friday morning.

Power is expected to be fully restored by this morning. It was not known how many residents lost power during the fire. Phone calls to Southern California Edison were not returned Friday.

The Powerhouse Fire started near Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Station 1 in San Francisquito Canyon on May 30. It spread rapidly over the next several days, forcing a series of evacuations in Green Valley, Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, all located northwest of Castaic Lake.

All residents have been allowed to go home. On Friday, the fire was burning actively in one area west of San Francisquito Canyon Road near the Cottonwood Campground.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

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