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PHOTOS: Powerhouse Wildfire Burns Through California

By Lara Sorokanich
6/12/2013 8:34:28 AM

The following is an excerpt from National Geographic.

Residential Wrath

Wildfire sparked in Angeles National Forest in California on Thursday. Nicknamed the Powerhouse fire, the blaze began near a power station in San Clarita, according to the Los Angeles Times. The flames have been perpetuated by hot and dry temperatures, as well as a severe lack of rainfall in the past year. (Learn more about wildfires.)

Since catching flame just north of Los Angeles, the powerful fire has ravaged over 30,000 acres of land and has claimed several homes. Here, flames engulf a structure near Lake Hughes, California.

Photograph by Gene Blevins, Reuters

Path of Destruction

Mountains glow in the aftermath of the Powerhouse wildfire near Lake Hughes, California. According to the LA Times, the blaze has burned 32,032 acres since it began on Thursday. Officials say it is not expected to be fully contained until early next week.

Photograph by David McNew, Getty Images

Brush Burn

A firefighter watches as the Powerhouse wildfire engulfs the landscape. The fire has been fueled by a particularly dry and dense layer of chaparral, or undergrowth, along the forest floor, some of which has been growing unchecked since the 1920s.

Photograph by Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images

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