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June 3, 2013
Containment of Calif. fire doubles to 40 percent

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters working in darkness doubled containment of a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles to 40 percent overnight, as cool, moist air moved in Monday to replace torrid weather.

The fire, which has fed on old brush that hasn't burned in decades, did grow, but the moderating weather conditions gave crews the opportunity to make major gains, U.S. Forest Spokesman Matt Correlli said.

Firefighters were able halt the progress of the fire's northeastern front, which had been moving into unoccupied desert lands north of Angeles National Forest.

Crews remained in place to protect structures in the rural hamlets of Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, but flames were moving away from residential areas.

The blaze has burned about 46 square miles in mountain and canyons areas, destroying at least six houses and damaging 15 more.

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A plane drops fire retardant on a wildfire in Lancaster, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Nick Ut
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Justin Rendich, a firefighter from Santa Clarita, hoses a hot spot at a wildfire in Lancaster, Calif., Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Nick Ut
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The remains of a fire-damaged car sits within the area of a wildfire in Lancaster, Calif. on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Nick Ut
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Monique Hernandez and her daughter Angelique, 3, sit in a van holding their belongings after their rented home was destroyed by a wildfire at a Red Cross shelter in Palmdale, Calif. on Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Robert Jablon
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From left to right Tom Reeves, Sondra Reader and Scott Reader and their dogs rest by their trailer at a Red Cross shelter in Palmdale, Calif., on Monday, June 3, 2013, after they evacuated their home at Lake Hughes on Saturday June 1, 2013. AP / Robert Jablon
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Smoke rises from the remains of a destroyed home in Lake Hughes, Calif., on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Erratic winds fanned a blaze in the Angeles National Forest to nearly 41 square miles early Sunday, after fast-moving flames triggered the evacuation of nearly 1,000 homes in Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth, officials said. AP / Reed Saxon
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A charred tree stump stands near a destroyed structure in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A window frames the view of one of at least five structures destroyed or severely damaged in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A ruined building and a home that was saved are seen through the cab of a burned vintage Ford pickup truck in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A burned-out Jeep is parked next to a Los Angeles County Fire Department rig at 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. AP / Reed Saxon
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A charred Radio Flyer wagon is seen in the ruins of a home, 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. AP / Reed Saxon
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Steps lead to the ruins of the home that had been in George Ladd's family for nearly 60 years, and which burned Saturday night in a wildfire in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. Ladd had just closed the sale escrow on the home just last Thursday. AP / Reed Saxon
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Some of the Lake Hughes residents who did not evacuate gather near a painted message on a lakeside boat launch ramp, where pilots coming to the lake to take on water can see it, as the fight to control what has been called the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, Calif., continues Sunday afternoon, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A charred rowboat sits amid the stubble of burned bulrushes on the edge of Lake Hughes after what has been called the Powerhouse fire swept through Lake Hughes, Calif., Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A Los Angeles County hand crew works to contain a flare up alongside a road in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A DC-10 aerial tanker drops a line of fire retardant along the foothills of the Angeles National Forest where it becomes the Antelope Valley in an attempt to stop the Power Station fire if it comes that far, in Lancaster, Calif., Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A helicopter pulls water from Lake Hughes in an effort to fight what has been called the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, Calif., early Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Reed Saxon
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A helicopter puts out a hot spot on the Powerhouse fire at Elizabeth Lake on Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Genaro Molina
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A firefighter finishes hitting a hot spot against a charred landscape caused by the Powerhouse fire along Elizabeth Lake Road in Green Valley on Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Genaro Molina
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Leon Worden, with Santa Clarita TV, takes a picture of the haze over the town of Lake Hughes on Sunday, June 2, 2013. AP / Genaro Molina
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The Powerhouse Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest northwest of Los Angeles sends up a huge plume of smoke on Saturday, June 1, 2013. AP / John Antczak
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A firefighting tanker makes a slurry drop onto a 1,400-acre wildfire northeast of Castaic, Calif., Friday May 31, 2013. AP / Nick Ut
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A firefighter watches a 1,400-acre wildfire northeast of Castaic, Calif., Friday May 31, 2013. AP / Nick Ut
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A helicopter prepares to drop a load of water on the Power House fire that has burned hundreds of acres in Green Valley, Calif. on Thursday, May 30, 2013. AP / Genaro Molina
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Fire Captain Gus Munguia watches as a helicopter prepares to drop a load of water on the Power House fire that has burned hundreds of acres in Green Valley, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2013. AP / Genaro Molina

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