Wildfires burn around California and the Valley

May 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new wildfire broke out Thursday morning in the Ventura County town of Camarillo. The Ventura County Fire Department says the blaze has burned more than 6.500 acres so far and there is no containment.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the area and for the Cal State University Channels Islands campus. The fire started around 6:45 this morning, not too far from the 101 freeway.

More than 200 firefighters with help from aircraft dropping water and fire retardant worked to protect dozens of homes around the Camarillo Springs Golf Course. No structures have been burned so far.

Meanwhile to the east in Riverside County, a fire that destroyed a home near Banning is 40 percent contained but winds are kicking up and could make hard work for hundreds of firefighters battling it. The fire has burned 3,000 acres so far and two firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire.

Cal Fire crews from the Valley are on the way right now to help out the crews in Riverside County. A Cal Fire spokeswoman says winds at the fire site north of Banning are hitting 30-miles-per hour with gust up to 40-miles-per hour.

The wildfire is threatening hundreds of homes in the area. Evacuation orders were lifted for residents overnight but firefighters say that could due to the wind.

In the Central Valley, authorities are investigating a fire that burned nearly 20 acres near Millerton Lake. The fire started around 4:15 p.m. in Wednesday afternoon -- just east of the Cal Fire Millerton station on Friant Road in Eastern Fresno County.

At one point, the flames threatened five homes, as well as a state parks storage facility that houses potentially hazardous materials as well as fuel. No homes were destroyed and no one was inured.

In the meantime, dozens of firefighters spent the night at the scene of a large wildfire in Madera County. The "Gold Fire" started Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread to 183 acres because of the wind and hot, dry conditions. It threatened three homes, but no structures were damaged. The fire was contained Wednesday morning, but crews remained in the area overnight to make sure no hot spots re-ignite.

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Status of Wildfires around California

Springs Fire
Location: Ventura County -- Southbound Highway 101 at Camarillo Springs Road, Camarillo
Status: 6,500 acres
Notes: Pacific Coast Highway is closed from Las Posas Rd and the Ventura/LA County line.
Date Started: May 2, 2013 7:01 a.m.
Last Update: May 2, 2013 1:45 pm

Summit Fire
Riverside County - Mias Canyon and Bluff Road in Banning
Status: 2,956 acres and 40% contained
Date Started: May 1, 2013 12:38 pm
Last Update: May 2, 2013 7:15 am

Panther Fire
Location: Tehama County - 140K3 Line, North of Butte Meadows
Status: 2,000 acres and 10% containment
Date Started: May 1, 2013 9:12 am
Last Update: May 2, 2013 10:30 am

306 Fire
Location: Glenn County - Road 306 on Gravelly Ridge in Elk Creek
Status: 110 acres and 5% contained
Date Started: May 1, 2013 7:00 pm
Last Update: May 2, 2013 6:30 am

Yellow Fire
Location: Sonoma County - Hwy 128 & Yellow Jacket Ranch Rd in Knights Valley, northwest of Calistoga
Status: 125 acres and 60% contained. Full containment expected today.
Date Started: May 1, 2013 2:01 am
Last Update: May 2, 2013 6:30 am

Gold Fire
Location: Madera County - Between Road 210 and Road 200 near Fine Gold Creek in the community of O'Neals
Status: 274 acres - 100% contained
Date Started: April 30, 2013 12:59 pm
Last Update: May 1, 2013 7:00 am


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