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Southern Calif. Wildfire Scorches Campground

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May 3, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

A view of the Springs Fire from the Pacific Coast Highway looking into Sycamore Canyon at 6:48 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013. Photo provided by Emma MacLaren James and distributed by the Malibu Patch.

Overnight reports from the Malibu Times reveal that the Springs Fire burned vegetation at the Sycamore Campground and an estimated 500 acres surrounding it in the Point Mugu State Park in Southern California.

It appears firefighters were able to save bathroom structures, according to State Parks Supt. Craig Sap.

"I'm hoping that the damage is such that we're able to open up the campgrounds again rather quickly," Sap said. "But I haven't seen it yet."

Sap also said fire crews were able to save Caltrans and State Parks maintenance yards, where both agencies keep cars and mechanic equipment for repairs. Before firefighters set up a defensive at the maintenance areas, State Parks was able to move the cars out of the yards.

"We were able to remove the vehicles and we moved them across the street to Sycamore Cove," he said.

Sap, who lives near the Ventura County line and north of Mulholland Highway, said he was packing his belongings in case he needs to evacuate, though he doesn't expect to have to leave his home.

The Springs fire has threatened 2,000 houses, damaged 15 and destroyed 25 nonresidential structures si nce breaking out Thursday morning, the Ventura County Star reported.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported that the fire has grown to more than 15 square miles, and crews are preparing for another bad day of gusting winds and hot weather.

The fire that begun in Ventura County has been running down coastal canyons all night along the Pacific Coast Highway toward Malibu. It has damaged 15 homes and prompted many evacuations.

Fire spokesman Tom Kruschke says there's effectively a vast field of coals behind the flaming edges that could flare up when winds return.

Forecasters say winds gusting to 45 mph will hit this morning but will taper off in the afternoon and cooling may begin by evening.

 

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