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Wildfires across California continue to grow: 'We have very active burn conditions' – Los Angeles Times

Wildfires continued to rage across California on Sunday amid a record-breaking heat wave.

The Alamo fire, near Highway 166 in northern Santa Barbara County, has grown to more than 23,000 acres near the San Luis Obispo County line, Cal Fire said Sunday. A fire near Lake Cachuma, about 35 miles south, scorched 7,800 acres, according to officials with Los Padres National Forest.

At least 200 people threatened by the Alamo fire were evacuated from a remote area east of Santa Maria.

In Butte County, north of Sacramento, the Wall fire has burned 4,400 acres and destroyed 10 structures, while threatening hundreds more, according to Cal Fire. Four injuries have been reported.

The San Fernando Valley was especially hard hit by triple-digit temperatures. By 3 p.m., the mercury registered 107 degrees at Lake Balboa, near Encino.

The heat, humidity and beating sun gave park visitors plenty to complain about.

“Man, it’s brutal out here,” said a shirtless man carrying a cooler back to his truck.

Meanwhile, an explosion at a power plant in the San Fernando Valley caused a fire that burned for hours Saturday, knocked out traffic lights, stranded people in elevators and left about 140,000 customers without power, officials said.

The power outages hit businesses and residents in Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. It was unknown when power would be restored.

Residents of an apartment complex near the DWP plant on Parthenia Street in Northridge reported hearing a loud explosion at the plant just before 7 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find a gigantic container of mineral oil – used as a cooling agent for electrical equipment – on fire, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey said firefighters had controlled the blaze by 8:30 p.m. and were able to extinguish the flames by 9 p.m. “These were fierce flames, with smoke towering more than 300 feet into the sky,” Humphrey said.

No one was injured. He said mechanical failure related to cooling equipment might have caused the explosion, though the investigation was still young.

Power was fully restored to all DWP customers Sunday morning.

Temperatures in Los Angeles should begin cooling on Sunday by as much as 5 to 10 degrees in some areas, with the trend continuing over the next few days, said Hall, the meteorologist. The coast is expected to cool to the mid-70s and downtown to the mid-80s during the same period, he said.

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UPDATES:

11:35 a.m.: July 9: This story was updated with new information about Whittier and Winter fires.

11:05 a.m., July 9: This story was updated with new information about a Butte County fire.

9:25 a.m., July 9: This story was updated with new information about Whittier fire and DWP power outage.

7:30 a.m., July 9: This story updated with new burn numbers.

9:40 p.m., July 8: This article was updated with new information about DWP fire in Northridge.

This article was originally posted at 8:50 p.m.

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