Weather Helps Springs Fire Battle; Evacuations Lifted

The fire broke out in Camarillo on Thursday and quickly grew amid high temperatures and dry conditions

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    Nearly 1,900 firefighting personnel continued to battle the massive Springs Fire, ravaging more than 28,000 acres in Ventura County. It was more than half contained by Saturday evening, and many evacuated residents were allowed to return home. Tena Ezzeddine reports for Thousand Oaks for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on May 4, 2013.

    Engines and firefighters are stationed throughout coastal canyons overnight in case any hot spots in the massive Springs Fire -- 56 percent contained at 28,000 acres -- flare up overnight.

    Evacuation orders were lifted Saturday evening for communities in the path of the Springs Fire that charred nearly 44-square miles in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

    28,000-Acre Springs Fire Is 30 Percent Contained

    [LA] 28,000-Acre Springs Fire Is 30 Percent Contained
    Firefighters continued to battle a major fire that broke out Thursday in Camarillo. Reggie Kumar reports for Today in LA Weekend on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

    The fire was burning Saturday in dense brush in the Santa Monica Mountains along the Ventura and Los Angeles county lines. The fire broke out Thursday off the Ventura Freeway in the Conejo Grade.

    It was 30 percent contained by Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire. Crews had the blaze 56 percent contained by 5:15 p.m.

    Naval Base at Point Mugu Feels the Heat

    [LA] Naval Base at Point Mugu Feels the Heat
    The Springs fire scorched the fringe of a Naval Base Ventura County and damaged some facilities. But it was the smoke that caused the most trouble. Evacuations were lifted, but the area was open only to residents Friday. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Point Mugu for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 3, 2013.

    Authorities expect to have the fire fully contained by Monday.

    "With the milder weather condtions (sic), firefighters are making excellent progress on extending fire containment lines," the Ventura County Fire Department posted on its Facebook page.

    Proud Homeowner Faced Springs Fire

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    The owner of an unusual round house in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu appeared to face the flames of the Springs Fire from his rooftop Friday. Rick Mecagni said his home was "much more than a house," and was built with wildfire in mind. Kim Baldonado reports from Camarillo for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on May 3, 2013.

    Full Coverage: Springs Fire

    Nearly 1,900 firefighters battled the blaze as it quickly spread amid near triple-digit heat, low humidity and drought conditions. By Saturday, humidity rose and temperatures dropped, allowing crews to gain better control over the wildfire.

    No injuries have been reported. At least 15 residences and dozens of other structures have been damaged, according to fire officials.

    Ventura County Fire officials issued a new map showing the footprint of the massive wildfire, as pictured below. The red line indicates the outer edges of the fire; the blue line delineates evacuated areas.

    All evacuations orders, which applied to thousands of residents, were lifted Saturday evening.

    Residents living along Broom Ranch, La Jolla Canyon, Sycamore Canyon, Deer Creek Road and Yerba Buena Road are allowed to return home. Authorities warn that utility workers are in the area replacing power lines and traffic may be slowed.

    Potero Road remained closed between Reino and Hidden Valley roads.

    CSU Channel Islands has been off limits since Thursday, but the campus -- including the library, dining services and student housing -- is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. Sunday. Classes and activities will resume on Monday.

    "The University has cleaned the interior of all buildings and is pumping fresh air into all usable buildings and living spaces," the university said in a statement. "Clean-up of the campus will continue over several weeks; however, the smell of smoke may continue to be present."

    The massive Springs Fire forced the temporary shutdown of Pacific Coast Highway. The coastal roadway was reopened Saturday, but remained closed at Deer Creek Road, Potrero Road, Reino Road, and Yerba Buena Road.