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8,000 Acres Burned–Evacuations Ordered

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:53am

A brush fire that began in the Camarillo Springs area continues to burn. It has grown to 8,000 acres, with 10% containment, as of 8:00 pm.  Burning toward the sea through rugged backcountry, the fire has reached PCH at La Jolla Canyon.

An evacuation order remains in effect for Cal State Channel Islands.  Additional evacuations have been ordered for La Jolla Canyon, Sycamore Canyon and Broome Ranch.  Earlier evacuations have been lifted for the area around Dos Vientos Ranch for residents with identification.

Traffic is restricted on Potrero Road.  A closure of PCH between Yerba Buena and Las Posas has been re-instated as the fire advances toward the area.

The southbound 101 was used as a staging area for equipment earlier in the day.  All lanes of the 101 are back open.

The fire was reported just after 6:30 this morning. It burned towards the top of the grade, in a rugged area making it difficult for firefighters to battle. Some 925 firefighters are battling the blaze, along with six firefighting helicopters.

Ventura County Fire Department has deployed units for structure protection.  15 homes have reportedly been damaged, but none destroyed.  The huge plume of smoke from the fire is visible for miles.

Red flag conditions remain in effect for the area through Friday.  Temperatures reached 96 degrees Thursday afternoon, with gusty wind and a relative humidity of 2%.


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