The Springs Brush fire continued to grown in size in Ventura County Friday, jumping from an estimated 8,000 acres burned on Thursday to more than 28,000 by Friday evening.
After a day with numerous flareups, the more than 900 firefighters from throughout California battling the blaze were able to get it 20% contained. Despite the growth in the fire, no homes have been destroyed, and the number damaged still stands at 15.
The fire threatened some homes in Hidden Valley Friday, and damaged a practice range at Naval Base Ventura County, in Point Mugu. Smoke from the fire prompted the evacuation of more than 180 families from the Point Mugu Facility to Port Hueneme. The fire also charred the hillsides around the popular Sycamore Canyon campground, just off the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County.
The Pacific Coast Highway reopened Friday night, after being closed by the fire.
Ventura County fire officials hope cooler weather, and a drop in wind will help efforts to contain the blaze. However, they still aren’t predicting when that might happen. They are cautioning that erratic wind could cause new threats for homes in the fire zone.