Residents Return, Survey Damage of SoCal Wildfire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials are predicting full containment within a week for a massive Southern California wildfire that has burned 46 square miles.

Some 3,000 residents were allowed to return to their homes Monday in rural communities about 45 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The Powerhouse Fire was 40 percent contained, after doubling in size over the weekend.

Cooler, moist air on Monday helped firefighters battling flames that moved out into sparser terrain in the high desert Antelope Valley.

One small community remained under a mandatory evacuation order Monday evening. Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Dave Coleman said fire inspectors were traveling from building to building to ensure the homes were safe to enter.

About 2,100 firefighters were aided by water-dropping helicopters and airplanes unleashing loads of retardant across the flanks of the fire.

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