LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Powerhouse fire map 2013 today is depicting the blaze’s advance toward Lancaster. The Powerhouse Fire map on Saturday morning depicted a region of merely three thousand acres. By Saturday evening it was still at five thousand acres. As reported on LALATE yesterday, the fire was expected to make a strong advance overnight. Today June 2, 2013, Powerhouse Fire officials confirm that the blaze has grown from three thousand to twenty thousand acres in less than one day.
In a news statement this morning, LA County Fire said that the fire has grown to 19,500 acres. Five structures were destroyed overnight. And now 991 personnel are fighting the blaze. Meantime, Governor Brown secured Federal Aid this morning. On Sunday, California got Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval for a special Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG).
“Based on the weather conditions and threat to homes by the Powerhouse fire, it’s critically important that we ensure our local and state firefighters have sufficient resources to fight this fire,” Cal EMA Secretary Mark Ghilarducci said in a news statement. “This fire comes early in the fire season and is burning in an area that hasn’t been scorched since the 1920’s.”
The fire is now threatening 1000 homes, including residents in Lake Hughes, Lake Elizabeth and Green Valley. Evacuations are now at nearly two thousand persons.
LAFD in a news statement last night issued new evacuation orders. They told news that “The area from San Francisquito Canyon Road north to Elizabeth Lake Road, Lake Hughes, and areas south of Lake Hughes Road and north of South Portal Road, Lake Hughes, have been evacuated.” For more on evacuation orders and road closures from the Powerhouse Fire, click HERE. For the latest fire maps, click HERE. And for any possible updates, click HERE.