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Ventura County's Maria Brush Fire Now 95% Contained

The Maria Fire burning off of La Loma Avenue near Somis early Friday morning

Firefighters are continuing to make big strides towards final containment of a brush fire which at one point forced thousands of evacuations in Ventura County.

The Maria Fire is now up to 95% containment.

The nearly 10,000 acre fire started on South Mountain near Santa Paula Thursday night, and was quickly spread by strong Santa Ana winds.

It threatened the Somis, Saticoy, and Santa Paula areas, with 1800 structures considered to be at risk. But by Friday night, firefighters began to get the upper hand on the blaze.

All evacuation orders were lifted Saturday night. Two structures were confirmed destroyed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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