Los Angeles County Fire Department lost power to its only generator

Weekend storms could be a mixed blessing for crews battling California’s largest wildfire, which has burned at least 83,000 acres and is now 25% contained.

The fire prompted a mandatory evacuation of the Malibu community of 1,600 residents and forced them to evacuate the area early Wednesday – the hardest day on record for fighting flames.

As the fire burned out of containment, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) reported that it lost power to its only generator, forcing crews to wait in the parking lot of an elementary school for hours to cool the generators.

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High winds from the North Carolina area are expected to blow through the area on Monday night, leaving fire crews scrambling to keep cool

The fire has charred over 23,000 acres, forcing hundreds of evacuations in Malibu

A firefighter stands on a hilltop on Wednesday, July 26, 2019, as fire crews battle the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD) fire which has burned over 83,000 acres

LACFD said it lost power to its only generator, forcing crews to wait in the parking lot of an elementary school for hours to cool the generators

The LACFD chief, Tim Albornoz said the department decided to use its only main power source until they were assured LACFD was able to keep the generators running.

‘We have the resources; we’re confident that we have the resources to manage this fire. If we had to lose one of our main power sources we would rather be standing on a hilltop because it’s safer,’ Albornoz said.

Firefighters battled the blaze on Monday night, using their hands to cool their engines.

They managed to contain the blaze at 9 p.m. but kept the fire burning until early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters spent much of Monday night and Tuesday night tackling an area along the Pacific Coast Highway which had turned into a raging inferno since the start of the blaze.

Aerial photographs taken between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m on Monday showed the scale of the fire on the hillside above Malibu.

Malibu: An aerial view of the fire on the hillside above Malibu taken by the U.S. Forest Service (L) and Cal Fire (R)

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