California Wildfire Threatens 4,000 Homes

A fast-growing wildfire along the Pacific Coast Highway northwest of Los Angeles nearly doubled in size Friday and was threatening more than 4,000 homes as crews battled strong winds, tinder-dry conditions and record-breaking temperatures, reports USA Today.

The Springs Fire had burned more than 28,000 acres of rugged, brush-covered terrain by late afternoon and was 20% contained, the state’s fire agency reported.

Forecasters said a weekend of increased humidity should help teams fighting the early-season blaze make gains Saturday.

“It’s a total turnaround from what we had,” said Kurt Kaplan, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It should be a much better day for firefighters tomorrow.”

At midday Friday, the temperature hit a record 96 in Camarillo, where the blaze began, about 50 miles north of Los Angeles.

Thousands of residents had already evacuated the Ventura County fire, including 118 families ordered from a premier Navy base because of heavy smoke after flames jumped the scenic highway.

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