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.
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.
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.
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 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.