CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials expect a huge wildfire in Southern California to be fully contained sometime today.
The blaze that burned through coastal mountains and threatened thousands of homes was 75 percent contained last night. And continuing cool, moist air has helped firefighters build containment lines around the 44-square-mile fire at the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Investigators say the cause of the blaze is not considered suspicious. Instead, they believe it was started by a small, “undetermined roadside ignition of grass and debris” on the edge of U.S. 101 near Thousand Oaks.
A spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says, “The topography plus the hot, windy weather created a perfect storm for the fire to spread fast.”
At its peak, the fire threatened some 4,000 homes as it moved through neighborhoods of Camarillo Springs and Thousand Oaks. It has caused damage to 15 homes.