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The Terrible Beauty of California's Powerhouse Fire

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Last Thursday, a wildfire started in California's Angeles National Forest, north of Los Angeles, near a hydroelectric plant called as Powerhouse No. 1. The Powerhouse fire was pushed by erratic dry winds, destroying at least six homes near Lake Hughes, damaging many more, and leading to the evacuation of several thousand residents. Cooler weather has now allowed the firefighters to reach 60% containment of the fire, and some residents were allowed to return home. [28 photos]

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Yuccas catch fire as the Powerhouse fire makes a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. The 32,000-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes. More than 2,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 60 percent of the fire as of June 4. (David McNew/Getty Images)
Yuccas catch fire as the Powerhouse fire makes a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. The 32,000-acre wildfire destroyed numerous homes. More than 2,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 60 percent of the fire as of June 4. (David McNew/Getty Images)
A landscape glows immediately after the main fire front swept over, south of Lake Hughes, California, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Sparks fly from a glowing tree immediately after the main fire front swept over, south of Lake Hughes, California, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Fallen brush glows immediately after the Powerhouse fire passed over, on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A helicopter pulls water out of Hughes Lake to fight the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, California, on June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) #
The Powerhouse Fire burns in the Angeles National Forest northwest of Los Angeles sending up a huge plume of smoke on June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Antczak) #
Flames rise near a firefighter as the Powerhouse fire burns on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Fire surrounds Lake Elizabeth during the Powerhouse fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 2013 near Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Sparks fly from a hollowed tree burning within, during the Powerhouse fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 2013 near Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
The landscape glows immediately after the main fire front swept over, on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A stone chimney is all that remains of a burning house near Lake Hughes, on June 2, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Winds whipped by the Powerhouse fire create a 'firenado' near Lake Hughes, on June 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Sparks fall from a burning tree after the Powerhouse fire swept through on June 1, 2013 south of Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A glowing landscape of embers, shortly after the Powerhouse fire swept over on June 1, 2013, south of Lake Hughes, California. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
The Powerhouse fire makes a run toward Lake Hughes, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A firefighting helicopter carrying a load of water heads to a spot fire as it passes below the sun in Lake Hughes on June 3, 2013 near Palmdale, California. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) #
A firefighter watches from a rooftop as the Powerhouse fire closes in around the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A plane drops fire retardant on the Powerhouse fire near Lake Hughes, California, on June 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) #
A window frames the view of a home damaged by wildfires in Lake Hughes, California, on June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) #
Firefighters watch as the Powerhouse fire closes in around them at the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
A firefighting helicopter drops fire retardant on a flare up at the Powerhouse Fire, near Lake Hughes, on June 3, 2013. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Powerhouse fire surrounds the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest, on June 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
The landscape glows immediately after the Powerhouse fire swept over, on June 1, 2013. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest, with the fire now having destroyed several homes near the Lake Hughes area in California, on June 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Fire engulfs a house as firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire, on June 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Fire engulfs a house as firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire, on June 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #
Firefighters battle the Powerhouse wildfire in the Angeles National Forest, near Lake Hughes, California, on June 2, 2013. Cooler weather has allowed the firefighters to reach 60% containment of the fire. (Reuters/Gene Blevins) #

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