The Springs Fire nearly tripled Friday to 28,000 acres as it burned through pristine Ventura County wilderness to the beach, then stormed back through canyons toward luxury neighborhoods when erratic Santa Ana winds reversed course.
While the Camarillo blaze was the biggest of the day, it came as firefighters throughout Southern California found themselves battling a fierce series of flare-ups amid dry, gusty wind conditions from Pasadena to the Inland Empire.
With the Springs blaze out of control on several fronts, commanders deployed resources to rugged hillsides, then redeployed them again as an afternoon shift in the wind sent waves of flames toward ranch homes in exclusive Hidden Valley. Residents were ordered to evacuate, but a parade of horse trailers crowded local roads as homeowners took care of their livestock first.
"When you live in this area you've gotta get used to fires," said Don Slaughter, a trainer with Equisports International, as he loaded up dozens of horses valued from $500,000 to $5 million each.
"The California area code should be 9-1-1."
Authorities said they plan to make a stand against the fire Saturday in Hidden Valley, bringing in firetrucks, bulldozers and firefighters.
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The Springs Fire in Ventura County had burned 28,000 acres as of Friday evening, destroying vegetation from the 101 Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway and forcing evacuations in several communities as ground crews continued to battle flames while darkness forced the air attack from the sky.
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CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - It seemed that each time wind-driven embers sparked new blazes or a wall of fire leaped a Southern California hillside and came charging toward hundreds of homes, an army of firefighters was right there to either douse or direct the flames away from humanity.
As a result, the fire that broke out Thursday quickly moved through the Camarillo Springs area without destroying a single home.
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Authorities say a brush fire that started Thursday near the 101 Freeway in Camarillo is just 20 percent contained after scorching 28,000 acres in Ventura County.
The Springs Fire flared up again just after noon Friday when offshore winds shifted back on-shore. Some of the flames seen from Sky9 were estimated to be at least 150 feet, according to Mike Case.
Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire called the change of events a “nightmare” situation. CBS2′s Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein also confirmed that the temperature in Camarillo was a record-breaking 96 degrees as of 12:30 p.m.
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