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Camarillo brush fire 80% contained

A brush fire burning in Camarillo was 80% contained Wednesday and was expected to be extinguished by 6 p.m., an official said. 

Seventy firefighters were battling the blaze Wednesday morning after it had burned 68 acres, said Bill Nash, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

"Today is a day of damage assessment and mop-up work," Nash said. 

All roads in the area were open, and repair crews from Southern California Edison were working to restore power on Ocean View Drive after a burned transformer caused an outage, Nash said.

The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday at a homeless encampment near North Loop Drive, Nash said.

Residents of about 55 homes in the Highlands neighborhood of Camarillo and in the nearby community of Somis were under a voluntary evacuation order Tuesday night as about 300 firefighters, water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft battled the fire at its peak.

Investigators had not determined whether the blaze was intentionally set.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Firefighter Jeff Witt hoses down smoldering brush as the Ventura County Fire Department works to get a line around a brush fire that threatened the Camarillo Heights neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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