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Gigantic Springs Brushfire Now More than 50% Contained

Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:13am

Firefighters say they’ve passed the halfway point in containing the massive 28,000 acre Springs Brushfire.

Fire crews are taking advantage of cooler temperatures, and a drop in wind to do mop up work, and look for back country hot spots. The fire is now considered to be 56% contained.

At its peak, more than 2100 firefighters were fighting the fire, which began Thursday morning off the 101 Freeway, in the Camarillo Springs area. Because of the progress in stopping the fire, some of the firefighters from other areas have been released.

Some 15 homes have been damaged by the fire, but none have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There were some minor flareups yesterday. An agricultural building across from Cal State Channel Islands which caught on fire Thursday, and created concerns about toxic smoke reignited Saturday afternoon. The campus was already closed for the day, with officials saying they plan to reopen it around five tonight.

The cost of fighting the fire now stands at around $4.5 million dollars, with the federal government saying it will pick up the tab for about 75% of firefighting cost.

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