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3 SoCal Brush Fires Under Control Today
Three brush fires that broke out in each of three SoCal counties yesterday called for aggressive tactics by responding fire personnel, but are under control today. Here's a look at the latest on the fires:
- Camarillo Hills, Ventura Co.: 80% contained as of 10:40 a.m., this blaze broke out in the afternoon and created a massive plumes of smoke that were visible for miles away. Ultimately scorching 68 acres, the fire led to voluntary evacuation orders and flames leaping close to homes, though no structures were damaged. A cause has not been attributed, however "a preliminary investigation indicates the fire started at a homeless encampment."
- Walnut, Los Angeles Co.: The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. "in West Covina and raced up a ridge into neighboring Walnut," notes the LA Times. It took about an hour to contain the blaze, during which time 24 homes were evacuated, and two firefighters sustained injuries.
- Camp Pendleton, Orange Co.: A fire that began "during a morning training exercise at the Camp Pendleton Marine base" in the Aliso Canyon area eventually grew to burn over 3,000 acres of "undeveloped land," reports cbs2. By this morning the blaze was 80% contained.
With temperatures soaring and expected to hit the century mark in some regions by the weekend, the hot weather is perfect fodder for wildfires, and an "excessive heat watch" has been issued by the National Weather Service.