Weather Aiding Southern California Firefighting Efforts

By , Senior Meteorologist
June 5, 2013; 4:22 AM ET
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Firefighters in Southern California continue to make progress on containment of the massive Powerhouse Wildfire that grew in size over the weekend.

The Powerhouse Wildfire has burned 32,000 acres near Lancaster, Calif., as of Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The area burnt is now six times larger than Saturday.

During Saturday morning, the fire's size was 5,561 acres, according to Lisa Lugo, Executive Assistant to the Angeles National Forest.

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More than a thousand homes were threatened over the weekend. To date, at least seven structures have been consumed by the flames and 300 are still at risk.

Temperatures surged and humidity levels dipped over the weekend. However, help from the weather is forecast in the short term.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "A flow from the ocean will come into play for the first part of this week with overall light winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity through at least Wednesday."

Rain without lightning would be the best thing, but no rain whatsoever is forecast for the area through Friday.

Local weather effects can be great and difficult to predict, especially in the vicinity of large wildfires over mountainous terrain.

A Los Angeles County firefighter approaches a fire along a road in what has been called the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Officials stated the fire was 60 percent contained Monday night and anticipate to have the blaze fully contained in about a week.

High temperatures through Wednesday will range from the 70s in the higher elevations to the lower 80s in Lake Hughes.

Temperatures are forecast to climb late in the week into the coming weekend and could again hinder efforts for the Powerhouse Fire and others that could ignite in the very dry conditions.

"With fires this size already occurring, and the weather expected to remain dry and very warm through much of the summer, this has the makings for a very long and nasty year for fires in the region," Clark added.

The long range team warned of building drought, heat and fire danger for the summer season over much of the West in the Summer 2013 Forecast.

Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed to and updated the content of this story Monday morning, June 3, 2013.


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