A massive wildfire that was devouring huge swaths of brush in Ventura County reached the Pacific Coast on Thursday night after burning for more than 14 hours, officials said.
The Springs fire, which had charred at least 8,000 acres of vegetation, reached Pacific Coast Highway near Yerba Buena Road, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash told KCAL-TV Channel 9.
The fire had been raging for more than 14 hours after breaking out shortly before 7 a.m. near Camarillo Springs.
As darkness descended, air operations were shut down. That forced fire crews to battle the blaze with chainsaws, shovels and hose lines connected to fire engines, the Ventura County Fire Department said.
"We're fighting it the old fashioned down-and-dirty way with boots on the ground," Nash told KTLA-TV Channel 5. "It's hot, dangerous dirty work."