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Flames fully extinguished for Powerhouse Fire

Posted: June 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

A burned-out Jeep is parked next to a Los Angeles County Fire Department rig at one of at least five structures destroyed or severely damaged in what has been called the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes on Sunday.

After destroying 30 houses and burning more than 30,000 acres north of the Santa Clarita Valley over the past week, firefighters have successfully put out all active flames from the Powerhouse Fire, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest said Saturday.
As of Saturday evening crews had successfully extinguished the last portion of active flames from the blaze, according to forest spokesman Nathan Judy.
“We’re just out there doing mop-up at this point,” Judy said.
Even before all the flames were put out, crews had made substantial progress in fighting the fire over the past several days.
Forest officials told The Signal Thursday and Friday that the fire was only actively burning west of San Francisquito Canyon Road near the Cottonwood Campground.
Judy said Monday continues to be the estimated full containment date for the 30,274-acre fire.
Though the fire may be out, there is still plenty of work to be done. The final cost of fighting the fire - estimated at $16 million Thursday - still needs to be determined. The value of homes and structures destroyed or damaged in the blaze also needs to be tabulated.
Along with those financial concerns are ecological ones. Angeles National Forest Safety Officer Ron Ashdale told The Signal last week that one concern will be flooding in areas where the fire scorched vegetation that would normally retain water.
The destruction of vegetation also raises the possibility of mudslides or heavy erosion during rainstorms.
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