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Wildfire Burning Thousands of Acres in Southern Calif.

May 2, 2013

Driven by dry conditions and thick brush, a wildfire has blazed through more than 2,200 acres in Camarillo today, threatening homes and the 101 Freeway and pushing forward toward the coast.

The Ventura County Fire Department says The Springs Fire broke out Thursday morning along the 101, 50 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, and has already damaged part of a mobile park.

It is the second major wildfire in Southern California this week. The Summit Fire, just south of the San Bernardino National Forest, burned through almost 3,000 acres since Wednesday, but firefighters said they had it 40 percent contained by this morning.

In Camarillo, more than 200 firefighters from eight different agencies including Los Angeles County, National Parks Service and federal agencies are battling the blaze with help from aircraft dropping water and retardant to protect the community around the Camarillo Springs Golf Course.

Firefighters are also at the scene of an RV storage facility off Christina Road where several vehicles have caught fire, said Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman Lori Ross.

Heavy winds are also sending up huge plumes of smoke over the mobile home community and strawberry fields to the south.

No injuries have been reported as of this morning, Ross said.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Westlake Village, whose home is near the path of the fire, was on the floor of the Capitol in Sacramento when he got word of the blaze. "Thanks for concern everyone," he tweeted. "My family was safely evacuated from our Camarillo Springs home. The community is surrounded by fire."

The Springs Fire has prompted the mandatory evacuations of several areas including the military base and CSU Channel Islands. Evacuation areas are as follows:

--Camarillo Springs

--Entire south end of the Dos Vientos area

--Potrero Road south to the Pacific Coast Highway

--Pacific Coast Highway to Sycamore Cove

--Gitana Avenue and San Como Lane

The two evacuation centers are Calvary Chapel, 380 Mobil St., and the Thousand Oaks Recreation Center at 2525 Moorpark Rd.

Daily News Staff Writer Barbara Jones and The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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