May 4, 2013 - 2:30 PM
The Springs Fire has burned more than 43 square miles since breaking out near Camarillo (about 50-miles north of L.A.) Thursday morning. Unseasonably hot, dry air, along with 45-mph winds, quickly stoked the flames causing the blaze to triple in size in less than two days. Several communities in the area were ordered to evacuate. 4,000 homes remain under threat from funnels of flames and 100-feet walls of fire. Nearly 2,000 firefighters are battling the fire on the ground and from the sky, trenching containment lines and using water-dropping helicopters and planes. The fire is currently 36% contained.
**UPDATE (5:30 PM)**
A change in weather conditions is aiding firefighters. Damp air off the Pacific returned late Friday and significantly reduced fire activity. Ventura County Fire public information office, Bill Nash, says the fire is more than 50% contained.
Report for CBS News / KPIX Channel 5, San Francisco