Firefighters say they are making major progress today towards controlling a monster brush fire which has threatened thousands of homes in Ventura County.
The 28,000 acre fire is now 30% contained. Officials say they don’t think the fire’s acreage will grow much past this point.
Weather forecasters say an increased onshore flow means temperatures about ten degrees cooler today than yesterday, with decreased wind, and higher humidity. The fire crews are taking advantage of the improved firefighting weather to do mop up work, and look for back country hot spots.
More than 1800 firefighters are fighting the fire, which began Thursday morning off the 101 Freeway, in the Camarillo Springs area. Some 15 homes have been damaged by the fire, but none have been destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
There have been some minor flareups. An agricultural building across from Cal State Channel Islands which caught on fire Thursday, and created concerns about toxic smoke reignited this afternoon. The campus was already closed for the day, with officials saying it would reopen tomorrow night at the earliest.
The cost of fighting the fire now stands at around $4.5 million dollars, with the federal government picking up the tab for about 75% of firefighting costs.