Santa Ana winds spur California fires

May 2, 2013

spring fireDozens of Central Coast firefighters are working to battle the Springs Fire in Ventura County which has already burned more than 8,000 acres, according to CalFire.

The fire is ten percent contained and firefighters have allowed some residents back into their homes. There have been no reports of injuries or of homes burning.

More than a dozen firefighters from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have joined the 925 firefighters fighting the blaze that started at about 6:30 a.m. on Thursday off U.S. Highway 101 in Camarillo.

Strong Santa Ana winds, which have gusted up to 50 mph, are making battling the blaze difficult.

Pacific Coast Highway is closed from Las Posas Road to the Ventura Los Angeles county line. Smoke coming from burning agricultural buildings near Cal State Channel Islands has led to a smoke advisory.

Five additional fires are burning in California, according to CalFire. The Summit Fire in Riverside County has burnt 2,956 acres and is 40 percent contained, the Panther Fire in Tehuma County has burnt 10,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, the Cedar Fire in Butte County has charred 55 acres and is 50 percent contained, the 306 Fire in Glenn County has burned 217 acres and is 50 percent contained and the Yellow Fire in Sonoma County has charred 125 acres and is 80 percent contained.