Break in Weather May Tame Wildfire in California
Firefighters welcome lower temperatures, higher humidity
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 4, 2013 8:56 AM CDT
Wildfires burn close in to homes in Point Mugu, Calif., Friday.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – A wildfire tearing through a coastal region in Southern California nearly tripled in size as high temperatures fueled the flames, but a fire official said a favorable shift in the weather will likely help crews make progress against the flames today. The fire 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles mushroomed to 43 square miles yesterday as 900 firefighters used engines, aircraft, bulldozers, and other equipment to battle the flames. Forecasters, however, said a weekend of lower temperatures and increased humidity should bring relief.

"It's a total turnaround from what we had," says a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "It should be a much better day for firefighters." Despite its size and speed of growth, the fire that broke out Thursday and quickly moved through the Camarillo Springs area has caused damage to just 15 structures, though it was threatening thousands.

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JoeQ
May 4, 2013 1:44 PM CDT
Time for the mud slides to put out the fires.
kawahchan
May 4, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: (D) California Governor Jerry Brown and his Democrats controlled Sacramento are still have not fix any California's hydraulic engineering and water conservancy facilities; Gov. Brown only loves to play his high-speed toy train with Obama. Hopefully, (R) Texas Governor RICK PERRY should introduce our West Texas' terraced paddies on a slope nearby the New Mexico and Texas soon.
NorCalHal
May 4, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
I use to live VERY close to that area. I think that same area burned less than ten years ago. Lots of rough, hilly terrain with rocks, canyons, wind and little access - make for HARD fire fighting from anything but the air.