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Camarillo Springs Fire 75 Percent Contained

Vicki Chen, Kiran Kazalbash |
May 5, 2013 | 6:44 p.m. PDT

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The Camarillo Springs wildfire is 75 percent contained as of Sunday, after burning more than 28,000 acres across Ventura County. The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday the fire is expected to be 100 percent contained by Monday.

This photo of the smoke-filled sky in Camarillo, Calif. was taken May 3, 2013. (wanderingnome/Flickr)
This photo of the smoke-filled sky in Camarillo, Calif. was taken May 3, 2013. (wanderingnome/Flickr)
The final stretch of containment includes a more-than-mile-long fire break in the Hidden Valley area. The wildfire burned from Thousand Oaks to the Pacific Ocean.

“We're going to have this thing out by tomorrow,” Ventura County Fire Capt. Scott Dettore told the Los Angeles Times. “Probably by Monday evening."

READ MORE: Multiple Wildfires Sweep Through Southern California

USA Today reported that the fire is dying down due to the massive firefighting efforts and more favorable weather conditions.

Officials ruled out arson as the cause and instead believed the blazed was started by a small, “undetermined roadside ignition of grass/debris,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The investigation continues.

At its peak, the Springs wildfire threatened about 4,000 homes, authorities said. Fifteen houses were damaged, but none were destroyed. Six firefighters and one civilian suffered minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

More than 2,000 firefighters had been called in to extinguish the massive blaze, which broke out Thursday just west of the Santa Monica mountain region in Ventura County.

It began Wednesday while firefighters in Riverside County were battling another wildfire south of Banning.

READ MORE: Banning Fire 30 Percent Contained

The Banning fire burned about 3,000-acres of wilderness and one home according to the Los Angeles Times. ABC reported the fire fully contained Saturday night.  

USA Today reports that California has experienced 680 wildfires this year, 200 more than the average for the state.


Camarillo Springs Fire 60 Percent Contained

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