US wildfire 60% contained

A fierce wildfire that threatened 4,000 homes northwest of Los Angeles is now 60% contained after milder weather conditions. The Ventura County Fire Department expects to begin de-mobilising firefighters today and has lifted all evacuation orders.

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California wildfire 60% contained after milder weather

A wildfire that has raged along the California coast northwest of Los Angeles threatening around 4,000 homes is now 60 percent contained.

A firefighter with the Silver City Hotshots uses a drip torch to start a back fire. Credit: REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

The blaze remains at 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) and that is "not expected to change significantly", the Ventura County Fire Department said today.

Milder conditions have helped the 1,856 firefighters assigned "make excellent progress" on extending fire containment lines, a spokesperson said.

Firefighters make their way out of a canyon as they battle the Springs Fire near Malibu, California. Credit: REUTERS/Gus Ruelas

Five firefighters have suffered minor injuries while battling the so-called Springs Fire - two fell and three had debris in their eyes.

Firefighters work the ignition line of a backfire started into the Santa Monica Mountains. Credit: REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

"It is expected that the de-mobilisation process will begin today and some firefighters will be sent home or to other fires", the fire department said.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Fierce US wildfire almost 60% contained

A fierce wildfire was nearly 60-percent contained. Credit: Reuters

A fierce wildfire that had threatened 4,000 homes northwest of Los Angeles was nearly 60% contained on Saturday as favourable weather conditions helped beat it back, officials said.

Captain Dan Horgon of the Ventura County Fire Department told Reuters: "We actually have a pretty good marine layer, which is like thick fog on the coast moving inland, cooler temperatures and higher humidity."

He added: "That coupled with our efforts out there with our firefighters have made the situation quite a bit better."

The Springs Fire in coastal Ventura County has blackened about 28,000 acres (11,300 hectares) of rugged brushland since it started on Thursday.

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Full scale of US blaze revealed in fire service map

The US wildfire almost tripled in size. Credit: Ventura County Fire Department.

The full scale of the US wildfire that has ravaged parts of Southern California has been revealed in a map plotted by the Ventura County Fire Department.

The red line shows the outer edges of the fire, while the blue lines show evacuation areas.

The service posted on its Facebook page: "Evacuation orders in these areas may have been lifted. Firefighters continue to gain ground on the fire and good progress is being made on containment lines."

California wildfire almost triples in size to 28,000 acres

A wildfire tearing through a southern California coastal region has almost tripled in size as high temperatures continue to fuel the flames.

A firefighter with the Silver City Hotshots works to contain the Springs Fire near Newbury Park, California. Credit: REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

The inferno, located 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles, has scorched around 28,000 acres (11,331 hectares) so far.

Around 1,895 firefighters have managed to contain 30 percent of the blaze and evacuation orders are in place.

Firefighters with the Silver City Hot Shots and a McCain Valley Conservation Camp inmate crew. Credit: REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

The so-called Springs Fire is threatening 4,000 homes and 15 have been damaged so far, though no residential structures have been destroyed, the Ventura County Fire Department said.

Smoke races through the canyons during the second day of the Springs Fire. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

One firefighter and one civilian have been injured, though they were involved in a traffic collision away from the blaze.

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US wildfire doubles in size to 28 square miles

Th fire has nearly doubled in size since morning, growing to more than 28 square miles. Credit: Reuters

A Southern California wildfire burning through coastal wilderness has nearly doubled in size since morning, growing to more than 28 square miles.

Ventura County fire spokesman Bill Nash says the 18,000-acre fire is burning new fuel in mostly unpopulated canyons.

He said it is 20 per cent contained.

The fire was estimated to have burned about 15 square miles as of early Friday morning.

The wind-whipped fire erupted Thursday in the Camarillo area, threatening as many as 4,000 homes but only damaging 15.

After burning to the Pacific Ocean, a shift in winds caused the flames to reverse course and burn inland.

No injuries have been reported.

Fire officials evacuate more homes in US wildfire

A huge wildfire in Southern California has burned through coastal wilderness to the beach and back through canyons toward inland neighbourhoods when winds reversed direction.

The wind shift forced fire commanders to order a new evacuation of homes in a Thousand Oaks neighbourhood along a two-mile stretch of road overlooking smoke-filled coastal canyons.

The "worst-case weather scenario" sent flames ripping through wildlands. Credit: ITV News

Fears arose after gusty Santa Ana winds from the northeast faded and ocean breezes from the southwest pushed inland.

Ventura County fire spokesman Bill Nash said: "In the perfect scenario we'd just hope for the wind to go away but what happened is the wind just turned around.

He added that the "worst-case weather scenario" sent flames ripping through fresh fuel just to the east of where the blaze charred wildlands a day earlier.

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