L.A.-Area Wildfire Triples in Size, Thousands Evacuated

PALMDALE, Calif. (TheBlaze/AP) — Officials estimate that nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire north of Los Angeles has “tripled in size,” said KABC-TV report.

Flames rise near a firefighter as the Powerhouse fire makes a fast run on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. The 19,500-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes overnight. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far. (Credit: Getty Images)

LA County Sheriff’s Lt. David Coleman said at a news conference Sunday that evacuees wouldn’t be returning home until at least Monday and possibly Tuesday.

Firefighters watch as the Powerhouse fire closes in around them at the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp during a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. (Credit: Getty Images)

Coleman says about 2,000 people and 500 homes were under evacuation orders in the community of Lake Elizabeth, and about 800 people from 200 homes were affected in Lake Hughes.

He says another 1,000 people and 250 homes could be evacuated in the community of Green Valley if the fire moves much closer.

Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) Battalion Chief Jeff Kaliher surveys for hotspots at the remains of a home destroyed by the Powerhouse wildfire in Lake Hughes, California, approximately 66 miles (100 km) north of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest, June 2, 2013. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The fast-growing fire had burned about 40 square miles of brush in canyons and mountains about 50 miles north of downtown LA.

Six homes have been destroyed and 15 damaged.

Here’s a report from KABC-TV:

This is a developing story. Updates will be added.