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120 children at campground to be evacuated as Springs fire rages

May 02, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Aerial view of Springs fire as it burns through Sycamore Canyon at sunset on Thursday.
Aerial view of Springs fire as it burns through Sycamore Canyon at sunset… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

Authorities Thursday night were preparing to evacuate about 120 children and 30 adults who were at a coastal campground in an area where a huge wildfire was burning out of control in Ventura County.

The group was at Camp Hess Kramer near Sycamore Canyon and Pacific Coast Highway, in an area that was under a mandatory evacuation order as the Springs fire continued to rage, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.

The fifth-grade children and their adult escorts had been unable to leave because roads were blocked, the department said.

"The fire is getting close to them. So we are coordinating an evacuation," Deputy Cyrus Zadeh told The Times.

He said said seven buses and drivers were donated by Vista Roadrunner. The vehicles were at Camarillo Airport and would be escorted in and out of the fire zone by deputies in patrol cars.

The campers would be taken to Malibu High School, which has opened as an evacuation center, Zadeh said.

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