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Springs Fire Tops 10,000 Acres Burned, Reaches Pacific Coast Highway

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:09pm

Springs Fire Burns In Dos Vientos Branch Thursday Afternoon (Photo By Lance Orozco)

A massive brushfire which started in Ventura County Thursday morning has burned more than 8000 acres of brush, and has reached the Pacific Coast Highway, with no sign of full containment.

The Springs Brushfire threatened more than 2000 homes, but firefighters say none were destroyed, and 15 suffered minor damage. The blaze burned around a number of neighborhoods in the Camarillo Springs, and Newbury Park area, with erratic, gusty winds quickly spreading the flames, but firefighters quickly moving to stop them before they could move into

At its peak in the Conejo Valley, evacuations were ordered for the Dos Vientos Ranch area. Public schools in the area were closed, as was Cal State Channel Islands. The University will remain closed on Friday.

More than 900 firefighters battled the blaze on Thursday, with more coming to the area overnight to relieve crews who battle the fire in 90 degree temperatures.

By 9 p.m., the fire had burned across the mountains to the Sycamore Canyon area, prompting the evacuation of the campgrounds.

There’s no word yet on what started the fire, which began at about 6:30 Friday morning off of the 101 Freeway on the south side of the Conejo Grade, near its summit.

There are three Red Cross Shelters now open, including one in Camarillo, at Calvary Community Chapel; one in Thousand Oaks, at Thousand Oaks Community Center; and one in Malibu, at Malibu High School.

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