Calif. Fire Burned 85% of Point Mugu State Park
The wildfire that erupted on May 2 near the California communities of Camarillo Springs and Thousand Oaks, burned more than 85% of Point Mugu State Park, which sprawls over peaks and canyons down to scenic Sycamore Cove on the Pacific shoreline.
State parks District Superintendent Craig Sap said a preliminary assessment of losses included a building, an electrical distribution system, campground vegetation and signage. Sap estimated the total damage at $290,000, The Associated Press reported.
The 44-square-mile burn area in the western Santa Monica Mountains was 85% surrounded, and firefighters worked in muddy and slippery conditions to complete containment.
Ventura County Fire spokesman Tony McHale said the wet weather significantly reduced fire activity. There were no remaining open flames, but firefighters remained on the lookout for flare-ups, he said.
The rains were expected to continue, and the fire was expected to be contained today.
Investigators ruled out arson as the cause of the fire. Instead, they believe it was started by an undetermined roadside ignition of grass and debris on the edge of U.S. 101, said Tom Piranio, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
"The topography plus the hot, windy weather created a perfect storm for the fire to spread fast," he said.