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Springs Fire Now 60% Contained; Weather Providing Boost For Firefighters Today

Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2013 4:26am

Firefighters say the the massive 28,000 acre Springs Brush Fire is now 60% contained,

An onshore flow, with clouds, and even a chance of showers later today has eased the high temperatures, and low humidity which help spread the fire out of control last week.

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 are being 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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