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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.

Firefighters are closing in on full containment of a nearly 10,000 acre brush fire in Ventura County. The Maria Fire is now 90% contained. The fire started Thursday night on South Mountain near Santa Paula, and at one point threatened about 1800 structures.

But, firefighters were able to stop the flames. Two structures have been confirmed destroyed.

By Saturday night, all evacuation orders were lifted. Firefighters are hoping to have full containment on Friday.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

One of the animal victims of Venura County's Maria brush fire is not only going to be okay, it's fast becoming a social media superstar.  An owl was spotted by some Ventura County firefighters on Saturday. Members of Hand Crew 12 were looking for hot spots near Somis when they saw the owl in a drainage area. They watched it for a few minutes, and realized it might have been injured by the blaze.

Firefighters continue to make major progress towards mopping up Ventura County's Maria brush fire, with containment now at 80% as of Monday morning.  The size of the fire hasn't grown for the last few days, with just over 9400 acres burned.

Firefighters made major progress over the weekend towards containing a 9400 acre brush fire in Ventura County. The Maria Fire is 70% contained Monday morning.

A more than 9,000 acre brush fire in Ventura County which prompted thousands of evacuations earlier in the week is now 50% contained on Sunday.  The Maria Fire started Thursday night on South Mountain, quickly spreading down from a mountain range to threatened areas like Somis and Santa Paula.  But, there is now no visible flames and very little smoke coming from the burn areas, as firefighters get the upper hand on the fire.

Firefighters say are getting a good handle on the 9400 acre Maria brush fire in Ventura County, prompting them to cancel all evacuation orders.

The fire is 30% contained as of Saturday night.  Officials say as crews firm of fire lines, they don't expect significant growth in the acreage before the blaze is fully contained.  But, getting to 100% containment is expected to take much of the coming week.

A number of mandatory evacuations for the Maria Fire were lifted Saturday.  As of noon, the 9400+ acre was 20% contained.

Evacation orders were lifted for:

The area north of SR-118 (West Los Angeles Ave) east of Pacific Milling Rd., west of Bradley Rd, and south of West La Loma Ave. This includes the Saticoy Country Club neighborhood: Club House Dr., Northridge Dr., Skywalker Dr., La Vista Ave, Center Road, Walnut Ave, Milligan Barranca Road, Price Road, Hondo Ranch Road, Aggen Road, Berylwood Road, and East La Loma Ave.

Firefighters are reporting progress in efforts to control a massive brush fire in Ventura County.

The 9400 acre Maria fire is 20% contained, up from 0% on Friday.  There was no visible flame from the fire in the Santa Paula area Saturday morning, just some light smoke. The area east of the city was a hot spot area midday Friday, as the fire tried to push across the Santa Clara Riverbed.  Firefighters on the ground aided by air tankers, and helicopters stopped the flareup of the blaze.

It’s been a nerve wracking week for tens of thousands of people in Ventura County who became evacuees as a result of mandatory evacuations due to the Easy, and Maria brush fires.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was in a Santa Paula neighborhood Friday afternoon when hundreds of people were ordered to leave because of the surging Maria fire.

Firefighters were able to stop the flames, but for hundreds of residents of the neighborhood it was an experience they will never forget.  

A nearly nine thousand acre brush fire is burning out of control in Ventura County, with hot spots popping up and creating extra problems for firefighters. The Maria Fire started just after six p.m. Thursday on South Mountain. It began on the mountaintop, where there a number of broadcast and communication facilities. The flames were visible for miles.

Ventura County's second major brush fire in less than a week sent flames shooting through the mountains between Moorpark and Santa Paula Thursday night and Friday morning, threatening an estimated 1800 structures.

The Maria Fire started on South Mountain just after six Thursday night.  It spread down the east, west, and south slopes of the mountains.  Because of the rugged terrain, bulldozers and fire trucks had limited access.

(Photo courtesy Fady Shenoda)

A brushfire which started in the mountains of central Ventura County Thursday night quickly grew to 4,000 acres, and could get much bigger, but firefighters reassured residents it doesn't have the potential to become a monster blaze like the 2017 Thomas Fire.

The Maria Fire started just after 6 p.m. on South Mountain, in the area containing some broadcast and communications towers.  The wind quickly spread the flames, and because of its location, firefighters couldn't easily fight it.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A new brush fire broke out in Ventura County Thursday night, creating highly visible flames and smoke coming off of South Mountain, between Moorpark and Santa Paula.

Ventura County firefighters say the Maria Fire was spotted just after 6 p.m.  It appeared to have started on the mountaintop where there a number of broadcast facilities.