LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Springs Fire 2013 map was updated tonight May 3, 2013 as the Camarillo Fire grew Friday. Newbury Park was on alert throughout day. And new evacuation orders were issued for the Potrero Road area late Friday. But moments ago PCH was open.
In the latest Springs Fire update today, Ventura County Fire says the blaze has moved substantially away from PCH. As a result, VCFD issued the following statement to news at 4:45 pm PST. “Pacific Coast Highway will reopen to traffic in both directions at 5:00 p.m. Many cross streets, however, will remain closed. Motorists are advised to drive carefully and watch out for emergency vehicles that may still be in the area.” Local news is reporting that the 101 Freeway is moving relatively smoothly with not much traffic through Oxnard and Agoura Hills tonight.
Within the hour, fire officials told news that the Springs Fire had grown to 18,000 acres. It has burned twenty-eight square miles, damaged roughly two dozen homes, and is currently twenty-percent contained.
Meantime, several campuses are back to normal tonight, reps indicate to news. California State University, Channel Islands is letting students back on campus as of 4 pm today.
But while the southern leg of the fire near PCH is moving inland, the northern leg is prompting new evacuation orders. Shortly after 1 pm today sections of Potrero Road from Reino Road east to 930 W. Potrero Road were put on mandatory evacuation orders. Orders will also issue for sections of Hidden Valley Road south. Four thousand residents remain threatened still tonight. Earlier today orders were given for the Sycamore Canyon area.
Meantime the above image was released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Springs Fire can now be seen from space in new satellite imagery. The smoke is captured in the photo moving westward. For continuing coverage of the Springs Fire and other fires across the Southland currently click HERE. For recent maps released for the Springs Fire, see below.