LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The latest Camarillo Fire update for May 4, 2013 – for residents of Newbury Park down to PCH – will be delivered this morning. The Camarillo Fire 2013 (fire map below) aka the Springs Fire or Camarillo Springs Fire burned overnight. Officials are set to enter a tactical meeting at 6 am PST today, LALATE can report. A media briefing at 7 am is set thereafter to be conducted by Cal Fire.
Local residents have been critical of Cal Fire’s media division and its slow dissemination of news updates. The Camarillo Fire erupted on Thursday morning at roughly 6 am. But as of 5 am PST, the current numbers are the following. Eight thousand acres have been burned. Fifteen homes have been damaged. Ten percent containment has been achieved. And nine hundred firefighters are on scene. But those numbers were released early last night.
Two thousand residents remained threatened overnight. PCH was closed midday Thursday, then reopened, then closed yet again last night.
Evacuation orders remains still in place for Portero Road to Lewis Road, Yerea Buena Road and Deer Creek Road, Sycamore Canyon, Broom Canyon and Lajolla Mountain. But officials told news last night that evacuation orders were lifted for Camarillo Springs and the Dos Vientos areas. Orders were also lifted for Cal State Channel Islands, Cypress Elementary and Sycamore Canyon. But classes are cancelled on all those campuses today.
At issue are the variable weather conditions. A red flag warning was cancelled midday Thursday but then reissued by the National Weather Service for Thursday to Friday evening.
PCH last night was closed between Las Posas Rd and the Ventura/L.A. County line. Brush was burning on PCH at Sycamore Canyon Road, a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman told news last night.
Shelters still remain in place at Calvary Community Chapel, located at 380 Mobil Ave. in Camarillo, operated by the Red Cross, and another one Thousand Oaks Community Park, at 2525 N. Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.
Tom Kruschke, an information officer with the Ventura County Fire Department, advised residents last night that the fire is far from over. A higher containment number is expected today. For continuing coverage and updates click HERE. Below is a fire map released late last night.