Cooler temps aid crews fighting Powerhouse Fire north of Los Angeles; 34 square miles burned

6 houses have been destroyed

LANCASTER, Calif. - Cooler temperatures and rising humidity are allowing firefighters to build significant lines around one edge of the Powerhouse Fire north of Los Angeles that forced nearly 3,000 people from two foothill communities.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said early Monday that crews have been able to halt the progress of the fire's northeastern front, which had been moving into unoccupied desert lands.

Judy says crews remain in place to protect structures in the rural hamlets of Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, but flames are moving away from residential areas. At least 700 homes remain under evacuation orders. Six houses have been destroyed and 15 have been damaged.

Authorities said more than 1,210 structures remain threatened, including homes and businesses.

The blaze has burned about 34 square miles in the mountains and canyons of the Angeles National Forest.

As of Monday morning, the fire is 40 percent contained. 

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