LA County supervisors declare state of emergency over Powerhouse Fire (Photos)

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Los Angeles County Supervisors on Tuesday declared a local state of emergency due to the Powerhouse Fire.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had over the weekend approved a request by the state of California for disaster relief assistance. The local declaration was necessary to make the county eligible to receive some of those funds, said Tony Bell, a spokesperson for Supervisor Michael Antonovich's office.

The county board of supervisors vote was unanimous.

"Economic assistance is necessary for those businesses and individuals who may not be able to recover from this event," Antonovich said at the meeting. "The overall dollar cost of this incident to the public and private sectors is still being assessed."

The fire burning near Santa Clarita has blackened 32,000 acres. It's 60 percent contained. 

Crews have been making progress over the past few days. But Paul Gibbs with the U.S. Forest Service says they are still dealing with stubborn hot spots and other challenges. 

"A lot of the areas are very steep, very remote, and rugged areas. In some cases, we had to, you know, allow the fire to back to a road then be able to hold on that road as opposed to, you know, trying to put people in harm's way hiking into the fire," Gibbs said.

All evacuations for communities affected by the flames have been lifted. The fire has destroyed six homes. 

Gibbs says firefighters hope to fully contain it by June 10.

The cause is still under investigation. 

This story has been updated.

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