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Guiberson fire in Ventura County remains 40% contained


The Guiberson fire in Ventura County grew slightly overnight from 16,000 to 16,400 acres and remains contained at 40%, and fire officials expect a marked improvement this morning as water-dropping helicopters are deployed.

“As the sun comes up, I’m sure those numbers will go up,” said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash, referring to the level of containment. If the weather remains calm, full containment should be reached by Saturday, he said.

The number of homes threatened by the fire now stands at 75, down from 1,000 homes Wednesday, Nash said. There were no mandatory evacuations in place.

Most of the hot spots are clustered at the eastern and western flanks of the fire–which experienced some flare-ups overnight–and are still threatening citrus and avocado orchards, as well as oil and agriculture infrastructure, Nash said.

Moorpark College and two elementary schools that were closed Wednesday – Walnut Canyon and Campus Canyon – are open today.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

Photo: Firefighters gather at the Fire Command Center in Arroyo Vista Community Park in Moorpark for a 6 a.m. briefing this morning on the work ahead as firefighters hope to use favorable winds to get the upper hand on the fire today. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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