SoCal's Powerhouse fire triples in size overnight

June 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) -- The Powerhouse fire in California lived up to its name by tripling in size overnight and forcing hundreds of evacuations, firefighters said Sunday.

Erratic winds helped the fire grow to nearly 20,000 acres Saturday night and threaten several homes in the Lake Hughes area of Los Angeles County.

The fire, which broke out three days ago, was only 20 percent contained Sunday and was being urged on by stiff winds, high temperatures and low humidity. Five homes have been destroyed and an evacuation center at a park in Palmdale was sheltering residents, the Los Angeles Times said.

Ten aircraft were taking part in the firefighting efforts, which should be aided Sunday by waning winds.

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