Firefighters say they’re optimistic about efforts to contain the Springs Brushfire, and say they are making solid progress today.
The 28,000 acre fire is now 30% contained. Officials say they don’t think the fire’s acreage will grow much past this point.
Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow means temperatures about ten degrees cooler today than yesterday, with decreased wind, and higher humidity. The fire crews are taking advantage of the improved firefighting weather to do mop up work, and look for back country hot spots.
More than 1800 firefighters are fighting the fire, which began Thursday morning off the 101 Freeway, in the Camarillo Springs area. Some 15 homes have been damaged by the fire, but none have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The cost of fighting the fire now stands at around $4.5 million dollars, with the federal government picking up the tab for about 75% of firefighting costs.
The Pacific Coast Highway reopened last night. Crews are checking it for the danger of potential rock slides from slopes stripped bare by the fire. Continuing road closures include Potrero Road from Via Acosta to Lewis Road, Potrero Road from Reino to Trentwood Drive, Deer Creek Road and PCH, and Yerba Buena Road at PCH.
Health officials say if you are in the fire zone, and especially if there is ash and smoke present, you should forgo outdoor activities like jogging or bicycling, because of the health risk.