Springs wildfire grows to 43 square miles

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Farm workers pick crops with Springs Fire in background. (AP Photo)

Farm workers pick crops with Springs Fire in background. (AP Photo)

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — It’s big and unruly, but a wildfire about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles that scorched 43 square miles hasn’t destroyed any homes. Fifteen structures have been damaged.

It broke out Thursday near Camarillo and tripled in size on Friday despite the efforts of more than 900 firefighters backed by helicopters and air tankers. Officials estimate it’s 20 percent contained. Shifting winds have made fighting it difficult.

Evacuations have been prompted. The latest affected residents along a road on the southern edge of Thousand Oaks.

The blaze is one of more than 680 wildfires in the state so far this year — about 200 more than average. A handful of fires are scattered around the state. In Riverside County, a 4 1/2-square-mile fire that destroyed a home burned for a third day in mountains north of Banning.

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