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California's drought-fueled Powerhouse wildfire scorches 25,000 acres

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Yuccas catch fire as the Powerhouse fire makes a fast run toward Lake Hughes, Calif., on June 1, 2013.

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The landscape glows immediately after the main fire front swept over in a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013. Nearly 1,000 firefighters have been working in hot, dry conditions to establish containment lines around 20 percent of the fire so far.

The monster fire sparked on Thursday in Calif. is continuing to defy efforts of crews trying to contain it. The fire, which has scorched 25,000 acres, has forced 2,000 people from their homes, and many are seeking shelter at Red Cross centers. NBC's Diana Alvear reports.

Drought-fueled wildfires raged in New Mexico and California early Monday, including a 25,000-acre blaze that threatened 1,000 homes and is predicted to burn for another week.

Six homes were destroyed and nine other buildings damaged in the Powerhouse wildfire near the high-desert city of Lancaster, about 65 miles outside Los Angeles,  U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Bentley told NBCLosAngeles.com.

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A window frames the view of a home damaged by wildfires in Lake Hughes, June 2, 2013.

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The Powerhouse fire surrounds the Canyon Creek Complex sports camp during a fast run toward Lake Hughes on June 1, 2013.

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A firefighting helicopter drops water on a wildfire burning in Lancaster, Calif., on June 2, 2013.

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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 by the Powerhouse fire in Lake Hughes, June 2, 2013.

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A house is spared from the surrounding burning forest during the Powerhouse fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 2013 near Lake Hughes.

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Fire surrounds Lake Elizabeth, Calif., during the Powerhouse fire in the early morning hours of June 2, 2013.

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Rising temperatures and drought conditions fuel blazes in the U.S.