Ventura County fire evacuations lifted, winds ease

Some residents allowed back into homes

FILLMORE, Calif. - Firefighters say they have a window of opportunity to put out a wildfire that destroyed two homes and threatened 160 others in Ventura County. Powerful winds pushed Monday afternoon's blaze in Fillmore but county fire spokesman Mike Lindbery says they eased at nightfall and evacuation orders were lifted at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters say the wildfire is now 80 percent contained.
 
The fire, which is burning in light grass and brush, held steady overnight at around 170 acres.
 
Lindbery says winds are going to be light for a day, giving some 400 firefighters a chance to swoop in and douse the blaze, which was sparked by a mobile home fire. Nobody was hurt and the cause of the original blaze is under investigation.

 

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