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A firefighter from Stockton gets into position to fight the blaze in Hidden Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters from Stockton prepare to extinguish flames off Hidden Valley Rd.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Fire in the hills above Hidden Valley in the Thousand Oaks threatens homes and livestock.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

The Springs fire threatens homes in Hidden Valley and Lake Sherwood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters work to contain the blaze in Hidden Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters work to protect a home in Hidden Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Flames from the Springs fire threaten homes in Thousand Oaks on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eddy Hartenstein / Los Angeles Times

The Springs fire threatens homes in Hidden Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters from Rialto keep an eye on the Springs fire from Rancho Saint Frances above Portrero Rd. in Hidden Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

A fire crew heads out to do mop-up work in Thousand Oaks early Saturday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eddy Hartenstein / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters watch smoke rise from the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A fixed-wing aircraft drops a load of Phos-Chek on the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Richard Jenson tries to protect his home from the advancing Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A pillar of flame rises behind Pacific View Road in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters battle hot spots.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A deer runs across burnt landscape from the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A firefighting helicopter is dwarfed by smoke and ash from the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view of the Springs fire burning in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view of the Springs fire burning in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view of the Springs fire burning in the Santa Monica Mountains between Malibu and Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

L.A. County firefighters battle hot spots from the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter hits a hot spot from the Springs fire in the mountains above Malibu.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A lifeguard tower is silhouetted as flames head toward the ocean near Sycamore Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Flames head toward the ocean near Sycamore Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

The Spring fire moves south toward the Ventura county line on Pacific Coast Highway near Neptune's Net.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A car passes a lifeguard tower on Pacific Coast Highway as flames from the Springs wildfire head toward the ocean south of Oxnard near Sycamore Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Fire reflects off the water at Sycamore State Beach as flames head toward the ocean Thursday at Sycamore Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A Downey firefighter waits as flames from the Springs wildfire rage behind homes in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Kristian Atkins covers his face while watching firefighters work a major brush fire on Barcelona Place in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Manhattan Beach firefighters work on a hillside behind homes as a major brush fire rages on Los Vientos Drive in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters walk along a charred ridge line as they set up a fire line in the hills above the intersection of Borchard Street and Los Vientos Drive in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Motorists stop along Pacific Coast Highway near Point Dume to photograph a large plume of smoke moving out to sea from the fires further inland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Motorists stop along Pacific Coast Highway near Point Dume to photograph a large plume of smoke moving out to sea from the fires further inland.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A helicopter makes a water drop in the hills above Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Matt Plambek stops to photograph firefighters at work on Via Pluma in Camarillo as the fire threatens homes in his neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Dry brush burns fiercely above Newberry Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A helicopter makes a water drop on a wildfire hot spot in the ridges above Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Kevin Fitzgerald uses a garden hose to help protect his home in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Smoke envelopes the hills above Camarillo Springs as the Springs fire burns towards Cal State Channel Islands.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Baez / For The Times

A helicopter makes a water drop on a hot spot in the ridges above Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter walks up a smoldering ridge in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter is dwarfed by flames raging across a ridgeline near Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Trever Antrin watches as the Spring fire burns near Camarillo Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Ventura County firefighters position themselves to protect homes from the Springs fire in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Ventura County firefighters prepare hoses on Via Santa Ana as they fight the Springs fire in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A homeowner in the Dos Vientos neighborhood runs to pack his belongings and flee the approaching Springs fire in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert St. John / Los Angeles Times

Flames consume a hillside along Borchard Road in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

Jeff Meinecke rescues a rabbit from the middle of Borchard Road as flames from the Springs fire pushed frightened wildlife from their hillside habitat in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

A Navy firefighter climps the backyard stairs at a home on Via Pluma as the Springs fire threatens hillside homes in Newbury Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Black smoke billows from farm fields near California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo The campus was surrounded by fire and was evacuated.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A Ventura county firefighter monitors flames burning behind homes in Camarillo Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

An RV storage area burns and propane tanks explode as a wind-whipped fire burns in Camarillo Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

Firefighter hand crew member Steven Alurac works the eastern flank of the Springs fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters worked to contain the Springs fire, being fueled by dry Santa Ana winds and warm temperatures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Fire retardant is dropped by an air tanker on flames from the Springs fire in Camarillo Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott Harrison / Los Angeles Times

A helicopter makes a drop as a wind-whipped brush fire burns in Camarillo Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

A firefighter pulls his hose through debris in the backyard of a burned home and destroyed motor home after strong winds fueled a vegetation fire in Jurupa.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters salvage some personal belongings for homeowner Brian Delaney in the smoldering remains of his home after a fire in Jurupa Valley.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Joe Kiener, 53, goes through what is left of his house on Mesa Street in Banning after the Summit fire swepth through.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A white fence buckeld in the heat of the Summit fire on Sunset Avenue in Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A trail of molten metal from a car destroyed by the Summit fire north of Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters watch the Summit fire late into the evening.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Homeowner Henry Uribe waters down brush near his home as firefighters battle the Summit fire west of Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters put out hot spots in a home on Mesa Street that was destroyed by the Summit fire near Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection aircraft drops fire retardant near a home at the end of Hillside Road during the Summit fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Residents evacuate horses as flames roll across the hills near Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters battle Summit fire west of Banning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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With light rain falling Sunday, hand crews in Ventura County continued to work on establishing a more than mile-long fire break in the Hidden Valley area to complete containment of the 28,000-acre Springs fire.

The fire, which erupted near Thousand Oaks on Thursday and quickly spread to the Pacific Ocean, was 60% contained, with full containment expected by Monday, officials said.

The fire scorched large swaths of rugged mountain terrain and forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. But a dramatic improvement in the weather on Saturday helped firefighters get a handle on the blaze.

Although 15 homes were damaged, none were destroyed, officials said. Seven fire personnel and one civilian suffered minor injuries.

More than 1,800 fire personnel were dispatched to battle the fire. But several engine companies were being released Sunday as conditions continued to improve.

The estimated cost of fighting the fire is $4.5 million and climbing. Although the exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation, fire officials said Sunday they do not believe it was arson.

1 Comment

  1. May 4, 2013, 3:54 am

    Powerful photo album.

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