Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Thursday evening for some areas where hundreds of people had fled from a massive wildfire in Ventura County that continues to rage out of control.
People were being allowed back to Cal State Channel Islands, the Dos Vientos area and Camarillo Springs, where the brush fire began early Thursday, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.
Hundreds of firefighters, aided by aircraft, bulldozers and hand crews, had the wildfire about 10% contained Thursday evening, authorities said.
But the blaze had charred more than 6,500 acres across a 10-square-mile area. The fire was moving steadily toward the Pacific Ocean as flames devoured thick brush in rugged canyons in Point Magu State Park that had not burned in years, fire officials said.