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Springs Fire 80 percent contained

Full containment expected Tuesday

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 11:02 am

Monday, May 6: Overnight work helped push containment of the Springs Fire to 80 percent, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Full containment is now being estimated for Tues., May 7. 

10 p.m., Sunday: Fire officials are reporting 75 percent containment of the Springs Fire with "minimal to zero fire activity," the Ventura County Star reports

Firefighters are mostly honing in on hotspots. Officials also reduced the estimate of homes and structures damaged: 0 homes were damaged and 10 structures were destroyed. Prior stats had estimated 15 damaged homes and 25 destroyed structures, but those numbers changed due to improved GPS tracking and assessment capabilities, Cal Fire told the Star.

Full containment of the fire, which has burned 28,000 acres in Ventura County, is expected Monday. 

Firefighters continued making steady progress on the Springs Fire overnight on Saturday, with containment of the 28,000-acre fire at 60 percent by Sunday morning, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The fire is expected to be fully contained by Monday.

More than 2,000 firefighters are working on extinguishing and containing the flames. Five firefighters have suffered minor injuries — two falls and three with debris in their eyes, according to the VCFD.

"It is expected that the de-mobilization process will begin today and some firefighters will be sent home or to other fires," the VCFD wrote on Facebook.

The Springs Fire, which came close to hopping the Ventura County line into Los Angeles, sparked early Thursday morning and raged out of control for nearly two days before weather conditions improved and allowed firefighters to get a better hold on the fire. 

The smell and sight of smoke was visible throughout Malibu, with many fearing the flames could reach Malibu. However, winds ended up blowing the fire away from the city.

The Springs Fire did scorch through the popular Sycamore campgrounds in Point Mugu State Park. State Parks officials were relieved to learn key structures were salvaged, with the fire mainly burning through vegetation.

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