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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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Around 4,000 homes threatened by California wildfire

A fierce wildfire continues to rage along the California coast northwest of Los Angeles, threatening around 4,000 homes and a military base.

The so-called Springs Fire rages along the coast of California. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

More than 900 firefighters have managed to contain around 10 percent of the inferno, which has scorched some 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of brush since it began yesterday morning.

Firefighters battle the so-called Springs Fire at Point Mugu State Park. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Fire officials at the Ventura County Fire Department said 15 homes have been damaged so far, though no residential structures were destroyed and no injuries have been reported.

The fire has spread to the Point Mugu Naval Base in California. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

The so-called Springs Fire has brought an abrupt start to a California fire season that weather forecasters predict will be worsened by a summer of high temperatures and drought.

A lifeguard tower stands on the beach at Point Mugu State Park in California. Credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

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