Southern California fire evacuation

1:09 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions.

The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands.

About 100 miles to the east, four residences have burned in a grass fire that has prompted the evacuation of an elementary school in Jurupa Valley.

Other fires are burning around the state with various degrees of containment.

10:42AM
Calif. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a home in rural Southern California is 40 percent contained but winds are kicking up and could make hard work for hundreds of firefighters battling it.

Riverside County fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann says winds at the fire site north of Banning are hitting 30 mph and could gust to 40 Thursday.

The 4 1/2 square-mile blaze erupted in the San Bernardino Foothills on Wednesday, briefly threatening hundreds of homes.

Hagemann says crews made good progress battling the blaze overnight in tinder-dry brush and there’s only sporadic flame showing. But the winds could change that.

In Northern California, crews were able to hold the line against two wind-whipped wildfires, but one in Tehama County continued to grow.

Source: Associated Press

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