Ventura County, Calif., fire almost contained

May 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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VENTURA, Calif., May 7 (UPI) -- The Springs fire in Ventura County, Calif., was 90 percent contained Tuesday, and is expected to be fully under control by the end of the day, officials said.

The 28,000 acre wildfire damaged 15 homes and burned through decades-old brush around Point Mugu State Park, the Los Angeles Times reported, noting only minor injuries to civilians and firefighters were reported.

A dramatic change in the weather, with showers and cooler temperatures last weekend, helped firefighters contain the fire, authorities said.

"It gave firefighters an advantage to put out hot spots," Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Tom Piranio said, adding the rain and temperature change made the effort easier for crews who had been working for days in 100-degree temperatures to contain the fire.

The region's 2012-2013 rain year, regarded as July 1 to June 30, is the sixth-driest on record, said climatologist Bill Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

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