Hell on earth: California wildfire TRIPLES in size by Sunday night with 22,400 acres now ablaze as thousands flee their homes
Powerhouse Fire in California’s Angeles National Forest grew to 22,400 acres by Sunday night and threatens 1,000 homes
Tres Lagunas Fire in Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico has spread to 7,000 acres
Thompson Ridge Fire in nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve spread to 1,200 acres
At least six homes destroyed and three firefighters injured in Los Angeles blaze
High winds, record high temperatures, low humidity has turned dry ground brush into a tinderbox
By MICHAEL ZENNIE
3 June 2013
Three wildfires have scorched tens of thousands of acres and forced thousands to flee their homes as they burn unchecked near Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
By Sunday night, the Powerhouse Fire around the Angeles National Forest in Southern California engulfed about 22,400 acres, endangering some 1,000 homes in the Lake Elizabeth and Lake Hughes area.
Nearly 2,100 firefighters struggled to contain the fire, which more than tripled in size from Saturday to Sunday. Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated and the blaze has already destroyed at least six homes by Sunday night.
At the same, the Tres Lagunas Fire in the Pecos wilderness in the Sanata Fe National forest near Santa Fe, New Mexico, has consumed roughly 7,000 acres and forced residents of 150 homes – as well as several campgrounds – to flee the area. Another 1,200 acres was set ablaze by the Thompson Ridge Fire in the nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve.