Update 7:22 am: Firefighters have reached a turning point in their battle to contain the Springs Fire, says Cal Fire Captain Fernando Herrera. The blaze is 60 percent contained and has not grown since Friday. 28,000 acres have burned, 15 homes have been damaged.
All evacuations have been lifted and residents are back in their homes. At the peak of the fire, more than 2000 personnel fought the blaze. Today some of them will be allowed to go back to their respective cities.
Today's forecast calls for a deep marine layer with a possibility of slight showers. Firefighters will take advantage of the favorable conditions to work the fire's perimeter and extinguish remaining hot spots.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Update 4:36 p.m. Firefighters continue to make progress under much milder weather conditions. The fire remains at 28,000 acres and that figure is not expected to change significantly.
KPCC editors will post more information as it is made available.
Update 2:20 p.m. The Ventura County Fire Department released an new map showing a revised footprint of the fire:
The red area indicates the total area burned by the fire, and the blue areas show where evacuations had been enforced. Keep in mind that evacuations in these areas may have been lifted.
Update 10:35 a.m. KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill reports that the Springs Fire is now 40 percent contained, according to Ventura County Fire Captain Scott Dettorre. However, according to the official report on the VCFD website, containment is still 30 percent.
Capt. Dettorre says firefighters will start back burns again today in Pt. Mugu State Park off Portero Rd. in Newbury Park. Last night's efforts didn't burn as much as officials had hoped because of cooler weather and light winds.
"We fear the really dry weather, but sometimes the really moist weather isn't good either," said Detorre. "Today we're hoping that the forecast for this onshore flow to strengthen, and we've been told there's rain coming our way, which would be wonderful. Expect smoke to continue to come on shore — communities are still going to be smelling it — but the situation is going to improve."
Earlier: Cal Fire is reporting that 1,895 firefighters are on the frontlines of five active fires, with progress being made thanks to cooler weather.
The Springs Fire is holding fast at just above 28,000 acres and containment has been increased to 30 percent. Firefighters made progress overnight with the help of convict crews. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected to help firefighters the rest of the weekend.
"We have a very favorable forecast today. The highs will be in the mid-70s and the humidity will be 25 percent. That is huge" said Bill Nash, spokesperson for the Ventura County Fire Department.
Firefighters will continue to set backfires and focus on cutting lines around the blaze. Nash says there are still 8 miles of line to be cut before officials will say they have full containment. If the weather persists, that could happen on Monday.
Pacific Coast Highway has reopened, but road closures remain in effect for Protero road, Deer Creek road and Yerba Buena road. Evacuation orders are still in effect for those areas
In Newbury Park, evacuation orders have been lifted. Residents with valid ID are allowed back in.
The Springs Fire has damaged 15 homes. There have been two injuries, one to a civilian, the other to a firefighter. The injuries occurred at a traffic collision near the blaze.
There are nearly 1,900 personel assigned to the blaze. That's double the amount of firefighters from Friday. Crews are coming from all over the state.
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- Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks
- Calvary Community Chapel, 380 Mobil Avenue in Camarillo
- Camp Bow Wow in Agoura Hills is housing cats and dogs free of charge for evacuees. Pets can stay overnight. Call (818) 889 - CAMP for more information.
- The Camarillo and Simi Valley animal shelters are also accepting small animals, according to Ventura County Animal Services.
- The Agoura Animal Care Center is hosting evacuated animals. Call them at (818) 991-0071.
- Thousand Oaks Community Center Park is doing the same. Their number: (805) 381-2793
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