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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

California Wildfire Jumps Pacific Coast Highway

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A video of the fast-moving wildfire captured from a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Thousands of people fled their homes as a wildfire burned more than 10,000 acres across Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, damaging more than a dozen buildings and motor homes, fire officials said.

High winds are fueling the flames of what officials are calling the Springs Fire. It started around 7 a.m. Thursday in Camarillo, south of the 101 Freeway, and jumping over the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday. Officials warned that it could threaten homes in the Deer Creek and Yerba Buena areas.

On its Facebook page, the Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu shared updates on the fire and multiple photos of the smoke-filled skies around Laguna Peak. But officials said that it was not “currently threatening the main facility or housing areas.” There were no evacuations late Friday morning. The base's airfield remained open with mission-essential staff.