CAMARILLO, Calif. (May 4, 2013)--Moist, cool and calm weather was helping Southern California firefighters who continued to battle a huge wildfire Saturday in coastal Ventura County.
Fire spokesman Tom Kruschke said containment of the fire 50 miles west of Los Angeles increased to 30 percent Saturday morning.
High winds and dry heat have been replaced by moist air from the ocean, and Kruschke says.
The rugged Santa Monica Mountains are swathed in smoke, but flames are no longer prominent.
The fire has burned more than 43 square miles since breaking out Thursday morning near Camarillo.
The flames have threatened thousands of homes since then, but only 15 have been damaged.
Weather forecasters say there's a 20 percent chance of rain showers in the area by Sunday afternoon.