Winds spur new wildfires near Calif. homes

5/2/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rincon Valley fire captain Fred Leunberger watches as a pine tree torches out on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday.
Rincon Valley fire captain Fred Leunberger watches as a pine tree torches out on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES — Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions.

The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out early today and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands.

About 100 miles to the east, four residences have burned in a grass fire that has prompted the evacuation of an elementary school in Jurupa Valley.

Other fires are burning around the state with various degrees of containment.