3,000 Evacuated As Calif. Wildfire Rages On: Can Los Angeles Fire Be Contained?

By Philip Ross on June 3, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

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Firefighters battle the flames of a wildfire at the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. (Photo: Reuters)
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Fire engulfs a house as firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire at the Angeles National Forest, with the wildfire now having destroyed several homes near the Lake Hughes area in California. The fire is now about 40 percent contained. (Photo: Reuters)

Almost 3,000 residents representing 700 homes were evacuated near Angeles National Park, a 655,000-acre forest reserve located just north of the Los Angeles Metropolis in Southern California, as the wildfire rages on.

As of Monday, the wildfire has charred about 46 square miles of land in the mountains and canyons of the reserve. According to AP, the fire has swallowed at least six homes and scorched more than a dozen more.

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Newsmax reports that dry, old chaparral -- a shrub found mainly in California and northern Mexico -- that hadn't burned since 1929, fed the fire. For much of Sunday, strong winds, reaching 40 mph, spread the fire. From Newsmax:

It was spreading fastest into unoccupied land, but populated areas about 50 miles north of downtown LA remained in danger, with more than 2,800 people and 700 homes under evacuation orders that were expected to last until late Monday or Tuesday in the communities of Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, sheriff's Lt. David Coleman said. 

The roughly 2,100 firefighters working to extinguish the destructive wildfire have been able to contain about 40 percent of the blaze. Aided by water-dumping helicopters, the firefighters have help spare homes from the wildfire.  

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