Monday, June 3, 2013

California wildfire TRIPLES in size overnight with 20,000 acres now ablaze as thousands flee their homes

By Sunday morning, the Powerhouse Fire around the Angeles National Forest in Southern California engulfed more than 20,000 acres, endangering 1,000 homes in the Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes area. Nearly 1,000 firefighters struggled to contain the fire, which more than tripled in size overnight. More than 2,000 people have been evacuated and the blaze has already destroyed five homes. At the same, the Tres Lagunas Fire in the Pecos wilderness in the Sanata Fe National forest near Santa Fe, New Mexico, has consumed 6,200 acres and forced residents of 150 homes - as well as several campgrounds - to flee the area. Another 1,200 acres was set ablaze by the Thompson Ridge Fire in the nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve.