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The Powerhouse Fire, which started Thursday afternoon in San Francisquito Canyon Road near LADWP’s Power House 1 – about 9 miles north of Copper Hill – has spread to 1,500 acres as of Friday morning.

The fire is reported at 15 percent contained, according to United States Forest Service.

Twenty-five more homes were evacuated in the Green Valley community, after evacuations were lifted last night at 10 p.m.

The fire is still burning northbound, and it’s located southwest of Green Valley.

All missing hikers have found their way out of the Angeles National Forest, and there were no serious injuries, a Palmdale Sheriff’s Station official said at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night.

“There are no longer any hikers missing,” said Lt. Steve Sylvies.

Fire officials estimated the blaze at “1,000-plus acres” at about 9:30 p.m., but the fire is difficult to map at night, making an updated acreage unavailable until Friday morning, said Supervisor Michael Pittman.

“It’s harder to map at night,” Pittman said, adding that there have been no injuries and the fire has continued to burn in a northwesterly direction, away from any homes.

“As of about 9 p.m., it was about a quarter-mile from … Green Valley,” Pittman said.

 

USFS -Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Thursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
Location Northwest of Greenvalley
Incident Commander Norm Walker, Type 2 Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel 600
Size 1,500 acres
Percent Contained 15%
Estimated Containment Date Friday July 05th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved heavy brush and chaparral
Fire Behavior extreme fire behavior with long range spotting.
Significant Events The Community of Green Valley is no longer under mandatory evacuation. Check with Santa Clarita Sheriffs Dept. for more detaled information at (661) 255-1121. San Fransciquito Canyon Road is under a hard closure. Bouquet Canyon Road is under a soft closure open to residence only. Elisabeth Lake Road is under a soft closure open to residence only.Red Cross evacuation assistance is located at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W. Palmdale, 93551 for residence. Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster for large animals. Lancaster or Castaic parks for small animals.

Outlook

Planned Actions A Type 2 Fire Incident Management Team took control of the fire at est. 6:00 a.m. on May 31, 2013.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High – Rugged and Steep
Remarks Wildfire in steep rugged terrain. Power lines in the vicinity.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 5-8 mph
Temperature near 95 degrees
Humidity 5%

 

 

Powerhouse Fire Update, Thursday 05/30/2013, 9:59 pm

Fire Update:

Angeles National Forestry is reporting 1,000+ acres burned. Fire continues to burn in a Northwestern direction. No reporting of containment at this time.

Sheriff Update:

Approximately 200 homes have been evacuated in the Green Valley area. This is south of Spunky Canyon Road and San Francisquito Canyon Road.

Sheltering:

The ARC has established an evacuation center/shelter at Marie Kerr Park – Recreation Center at 2723-A Rancho Vista Blvd., City of Palmdale CA, 93551. US Forestry Service is establishing a camp site at Pelona Vista Park at 445 W. Avenue R-8, City of Palmdale, CA 93550

Animal Evacuations:

Department of Animal Care & Control (DACC) report no live-stock or equine response team have been evacuated any animals at this time. No animals reported for sheltering at the AV Fairgrounds for sheltering of large animals. No small animals reported for sheltering at DACC Lancaster or Castaic shelter. DACC remains on-site staging and on standby.

Road Closures:

In place for Castaic/Lake Hughes, Agua Dulce, Leona Valley: San Fransiquito Canyon and Elizabeth Lake Rd to Spunky Canyon are closed due to Powerhouse Fire. Only open to residents and emergency vehicles only. OEM Duty Officer will continue to monitor the situation and report as necessary.

 

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