California Wildfire That Destroyed Over 1000 Acres Contained — Fire Crew Opens 101 Highway And Halts Evacuations

Alap Naik Desai

Firefighters have managed to control the California wildfire that destroyed over 1,000 acres. Fire crews also lifted the evacuation order and reopened the scenic 101 highway along the Southern California coast.

Fire crews managed to contain the spread of a wind-whipped wildfire along the Southern California coast. The coastal highway, too, was reopened after firefighters made significant progress. Authorities confirmed that the blaze was started by a downed power line. Both the sides of the scenic 101 highway were closed overnight from State Route 33 to State Route 150. However, working through the night, firefighters managed to control 60 percent of the inferno and reopened the highway by 2:05 p.m. Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery tweeted, confirming the news.

"We had multiple motorists stranded with the flames impinging on the highway. We had motorists making U-turns going opposing directions on the freeway with other motorists, not realizing the situation."

Hundreds of firefighters fought the blaze in the Solimar Beach area of Ventura County and were able to draw containment lines around 60 percent of the conflagration by Saturday evening, reported Reuters. Though the highway has been opened, the region isn't completely safe, cautioned Ventura County Fire Department Chief Norm Plott.

"Even if we do open up the roadways, it's still not a contained fire. It's a very dynamic fire. We're not quite out of the woods yet."

Speaking about the valiant efforts of the firefighters, Tom Clemo, deputy fire chief from the neighboring city of Santa Monica, which aided the firefighting effort, said as follows.

"We made tremendous progress today. Despite the challenges of high winds, steep terrain, significant brush, we were able to bring a stop to all forward progress of the fire."

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