Flare-Ups Fueled in Powerhouse CA Fire

Evacuations were again ordered Friday in the 2,500-acre brush fire burning in steep, rugged terrain of San Francisquito Canyon, north of Los Angeles, reports NBC South California.

Flare-ups, meanwhile, tested homeowners’ nerves as they watched firefighters and water-dropping aircraft battle the blaze during a second day of hot and dry conditions.

The fire was 15 percent contained as of Friday night.

A probation camp called Camp Mendenhall was being evacuated at about 2:30 p.m., as were areas north of South Portal Road and West of San Francisquito Canyon. The fire was moving north toward Lake Hughes Road.

Containment of the Powerhouse fire, reported Thursday afternoon, was estimated at 15 percent Friday as crews fought the fire during another warm day in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 50 miles north of LA.

Flare-ups and spot fires were reported early Friday — prompting the morning evacuation order — and temperatures in the 90s are likely during the afternoon and weekend.

Evacuations had been ordered Thursday and then lifted.

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