Powerhouse Fire 70 percent contained

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Smoke rises from the Powerhouse Fire. (AP Photo)

Smoke rises from the Powerhouse Fire. (AP Photo)

 

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are conducting mop-up operations at the scene of the big wildfire in northern Los Angeles County.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy says Wednesday that there has been smoke but no open flames visible in the 50-square-mile burn area, and firefighters are keeping an eye on unburned fuel inside containment lines.

Moist marine air has been pushing inland at night but days in the high desert region become hot and windy.

Containment increased to 70 percent. Some firefighting resources have been demobilized but most will remain until a containment line extends all the way around the burn area.

The so-called Powerhouse Fire erupted a week ago near a utility facility about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Six houses were destroyed and nine were damaged.

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