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Monday, Jun 03 2013 06:47 AM

Powerhouse Fire containment date pushed out to June 10

The date for containment of the Powerhouse Fire, burning in the mountains west of Lancaster and Palmdale and into the desert floor, has been moved out to June 10 as firefighters continue efforts to bring it under control.

According to the latest information available from the US Forest Service and other agencies, the fire has consumed more than 25,000 acres and is at 20 percent containment.

Earlier a June 5 containment date had been projected.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been managing the fire, but a Type 1 Team is scheduled to take over at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3.

The fire began on Thursday afternoon, May 31, burning in thick brush and rugged terrain in an area that hasn't burned since the 1920s.

Multiple structures have been lost and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. Road closures remain in the area of Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes.

As of Monday morning, June 3, the fire was known to have reached the vicinity of Lancaster Road and 170th Street West, in the area of the Poppy Reserve. It is still south of Highway 138 West.

Smoke from the fire has choked the Antelope Valley and East Kern areas, including the Tehachapi Valleys, intermittently since Saturday and can be expected to be a problem.

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