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Forest Service Officials: 'Minimal Growth' Expected From Powerhouse Fire

Watch footage of the Powerhouse fire on KHTS' Youtube Channel.

“Future fire growth is expected to be minimal” for the Powerhouse Fire, according to the U.S. Forest Service website.

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Damage Assessment Team officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are now combing through the devastation left behind by the Powerhouse Fire to determine the extent of the loss, fire officials said Tuesday.

"They’re just going out and assessing the damage in the areas where the fire ran through," said Fire Inspector Scott Miller. "All they're really trying to do is gather information on the damage."

The latest figures showed another 5 percent increase in containment in the Powerhouse Fire, which firefighters are still battling Wednesday.

County officials have declared a state of emergency for the Powerhouse Fire incident, which has torched more than 32,000 acres at the most recent count.

On a motion Tuesday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously ratified the proclamation a local state of emergency resulting from the Powerhouse Fire.

At last count, there were three residences damaged and 16 residences lost, Miller said. There were also more than two dozen structures, such as barns, sheds and abandoned trailers that were lost in the blaze.

The evacuations were lifted Tuesday afternoon, he said, although there are still several road closures in place.

Ridge Route Road remains closed at Lake Hughes Road.

The following roads are under hard closures that are open to residents only -- Spunky Canyon Road at Bouquet Canyon Road; San Francisquito Canyon at Dry Gulch; 110th at Avenue K; and Elizabeth Lake at 90th.  

And all roads between Avenue D and Lancaster Road, 190th Street and 170th Street.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Lisa Lugo of the U.S. Forest Service.

Started on May 30, the fire has burned approximately 32,032 acres.

The fire was first reported near an LADWP plant, which was how it got its name, Lugo said.

“That’s why it was called the Powerhouse Fire,” Lugo said. “We name our fires based on where they started.”

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Forest Service Officials: 'Minimal Growth' Expected From Powerhouse Fire

Article: Forest Service Officials: 'Minimal Growth' Expected From Powerhouse Fire
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith