California wildfire grows to 43 square miles

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 10:04 PM

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving Southern California wildfire burning through coastal wilderness has nearly tripled in size since morning, growing to more than 43 square miles.

Ventura County fire spokesman Bill Nash says the 28,000-acre fire is burning new fuel in mostly unpopulated canyons. He says it's 20 percent contained.

Parts of the Newbury Park community of Thousand Oaks are under mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

The fire was estimated to have burned about 15 square miles as of early Friday morning.

The wind-whipped fire erupted Thursday in the Camarillo area, threatening as many as 4,000 homes but only damaging 15.

After burning to the Pacific Ocean, a shift in winds caused the flames to reverse course and burn inland.

No injuries have been reported.

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