After more than two days of combating a massive wildfire in Ventura County, hundreds of exhausted firefighters from around California and neighboring states were trying to steal a few minutes' sleep Saturday morning in a makeshift city that sprouted along a rural road in Camarillo.
The mini-city is called Springs Fire Incident Command Post and it is equipped to provide three meals a day – along with medical supplies, shower facilities and tents to catnap in -- to the roughly 2,000 firefighters deployed to Camarillo over the last three days. Firefighters came from across California as well as Oregon, Arizona and Idaho.
Many of them drove here in family vehicles. Others caravaned in fire engines to work fire lines on 24-hour shifts. Despite slackening winds, cooler temperatures and forecasts of possible rain on Sunday, these ground crews and fire commanders had their hands full – and there was no end in sight.
By Saturday morning, the Springs fire had scorched about 30,000 acres and was 30% contained in what authorities fear could be one of the worst fire seasons in decades statewide because of a lack of winter and spring rains.