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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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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.

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