Fast-moving fires in California, New Mexico force evacuations

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 3, 2013

This photo, which appears on Salon.com, shows a  firefighting helicopter carrying a large water bucket behind a home that has been destroyed, one of at least five structures destroyed or severely damaged in what has been called the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. (Credit: AP/Reed Saxon)

A fast-moving blaze in Southern California, dubbed The Powerhouse Fire, has grown to some 25,000 acres and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, according to news reports. CNN.com is reporting that the fire has already destroyed six homes and threatens as many as 1,000 more.

Salon.com quotes LA County Sheriff’s Lt. David Coleman as saying that 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.

CNN is also reporting that a fire north of Pecos, New Mexico, has scored more than 7,400 acres and forced the evacuation of about 100 summer homes.