[LA FEATURE]California Wildfires


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Powerhouse Fire 90% Contained

The Powerhouse Fire, which started May 30, destroyed The blaze, which started on May 30, destroyed numerous structures, including homes

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    A house near Lake Hughes burns in the Powerhouse fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 2013 in Lake Hughes, California. The 19,500-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes overnight. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far.

    The nine-day old Powerhouse Fire that has charred nearly 50 square miles in the Angeles National Forest near Palmdale was 90 percent contained on Saturday, officials said.

    The blaze, which started on May 30, destroyed 30 structures and damaged at least three others, said Nathan Judy of the U.S. Forest Service. The fire also destroyed 29 outbuildings and damaged one other one.

    Powerhouse Fire Now 60 Percent Contained

    [LA] Powerhouse Fire Now 60 Percent Contained
    The Powerhouse Fire burning near Santa Clarita is 60 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. NBC4's Toni Guinyard reports from Lake Hughes for Today in LA on June 4, 2013.

    About half of the destroyed structures were homes, officials said.

    Firefighters quickly extinguished a new fire started Friday outside the perimeter of the blaze, holding it to one acre.

    Homeowners Return to Property to See Powerhouse Fire Damage

    [LA] Homeowners Return to Property to See Powerhouse Fire Damage
    Homeowners are returning to their properties, some of which were damaged in the near 50-square mile Powerhouse fire north of Santa Clarita. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Tuesday June 4, 2013.

    Crews will continue to patrol 300 feet from the perimeter with fire lines completed from Forsythe Canyon to Three Points, officials said.

    Variable winds shifted from the southwest Friday morning to the east in the afternoon, and early predictions suggested the gusts would test containment efforts, but firefighters were able to hold the lines, county officials said. The temperature near the fire line on Friday was 106 degrees with very low humidity, sheriff's officials said.

    Powerhouse Fire Forces Camp for Chronically Ill Kids to Close

    [LA] Powerhouse Fire Forces Camp for Chronically Ill Kids to Close
    The state-of-the-art "Painted Turtle" camp in Lake Hughes sustained major smoke damage from the Powerhouse Fire. As a result, the camp was forced to close for the summer season. The camp catered to children with chronic or terminal illnesses, at little or no cost. Michelle Valles reports from Lake Hughes for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 6, 2013.

    Hot and breezy conditions were expected Saturday, with temperatures in the mid- to high-90s and north northwest winds of 5-10 mph becoming southwest at 10- 15 mph and gusts up to 30 mph, according the National Weather Service.

    Southern California Edison crews worked over the past four days and were able to restore power to all residents Friday, officials said.

    Area residents were encouraged to attend a fire recovery workshop that will be held Tuesday at Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary School, where officials will discuss the scope of the fire damage and services to aid homeowners and community members affected will be available.

    The estimated cost of fighting the fire is $21.4 million. State and local officials have announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has promised to cover 75 percent of the tab.

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