1,388-Acre Solimar Beach Fire 87 Percent Contained

Officials said the fire was ignited by a downed power line.

Firefighters continued to battle a wind-driven brush fire that charred 1,388 acres in Solimar Beach near Ventura.

The blaze, which broke out just before 11 p.m. Christmas night, was 87 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

About 60 residents were allowed to go home Saturday evening after mandatory evacuations had been issued early that morning. The Emma Wood Camp Ground closure was lifted Sunday evening, fire officials said.

The 101 Freeway was also reopened Saturday afternoon after the California Highway Patrol shut down both directions to State Route 33 and State Route 150. Motorists were asked to use caution as crews worked fire equipment along the freeway. 

Two flare ups erupted Saturday night, including a 2-acre spot, stirred up by a strong north wind, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. More than 400 firefighters from multiple agencies continued to work aggressively, mopping up hotspots against fierce winds.

Officials said the fire was believed to be ignited by a downed power line. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the fight.

Responding agencies included the Ventura County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura City Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Paula City Fire Department, CAL-FIRE, Ventura County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol.

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