Firefighters mop up Ventura coast brush fire

Dec 28, 2015 1:47 PM by News Staff, Photo: Facebook/Ventura County Fire Department

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County fire authorities have slightly increased the size of the coastal area burned by a wind-driven brush fire over the weekend.

The Fire Department said Monday that more accurate mapping shows 1,388 acres were charred on the hilly Solimar Beach coast, up from an earlier estimate of 1,230 acres.

Containment lines have been established around 87 percent of the area and full control is expected Tuesday.

Fire crews continue to extinguish smoldering spots but the number of firefighters on the line is being reduced.

A small contingent will remain to patrol the area, especially when gusty winds return Monday night into Tuesday.

Power lines arcing in high winds Friday night ignited the fire, which for a time shut down U.S. 101 and Pacific Coast Highway.

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