California wildfire

High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity, calming a aging wildfire that blazed a miles-long path to the Pacific Ocean. The fire burned about 8,000 acres and forced

the evacuation of thousands of people from hundreds of

homes. (AP)

Hand crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. On Saturday, high winds and withering hot, dry air were replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Hand crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. On Saturday, high winds and withering hot, dry air were replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Hand crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. On Saturday, high winds and withering hot, dry air were replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Crews work on the fire line after a wildfire near Point Mugu, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2013. High winds and withering hot, dry air was replaced by the normal flow of damp air off the Pacific, significantly reducing fire activity. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Firefighters from Riverside, Calif. work to extinguish a brush fire at Point Mugu, Calif., Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Firefighters from Riverside, Calif. work to extinguish a brush fire at Point Mugu, Calif., Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Firefighters from Riverside, Calif. work to extinguish a brush fire at Point Mugu, Calif., Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. Friday, May 3, 2013. Firefighters got a break as gusty winds turned into breezes, but temperatures remained high and humidity levels are expected to soar as cool air moved in from the ocean and the Santa Ana winds retreated. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. Friday, May 3, 2013. Firefighters got a break as gusty winds turned into breezes, but temperatures remained high and humidity levels are expected to soar as cool air moved in from the ocean and the Santa Ana winds retreated. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighter keeps watch as the wildfire burns along a hillside in Point Mugu , Calif. Friday, May 3, 2013. Firefighters got a break as gusty winds turned into breezes, but temperatures remained high and humidity levels are expected to soar as cool air moved in from the ocean and the Santa Ana winds retreated. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Flames climb a hillside as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Flames climb a hillside as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Suomi NPP satellite passed over the blaze on May 2, 2013 around 21:30 Z, capturing this high resolution imagery with its visible and infrared energy sensors. A stream of smoke is clearly visible moving west over the ocean, as are the heat signatures from the active fires areas. (NASA/NOAA)
California wildfire
The Suomi NPP satellite passed over the blaze on May 2, 2013 around 21:30 Z, capturing this high resolution imagery with its visible and infrared energy sensors. A stream of smoke is clearly visible moving west over the ocean, as are the heat signatures from the active fires areas. (NASA/NOAA)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: A Kern County Fire Department helicopter drops water over a hillside as a wildfire in Pt. Mugu State Park charges back towards homes on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: A Kern County Fire Department helicopter drops water over a hillside as a wildfire in Pt. Mugu State Park charges back towards homes on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Fire trucks arrive to protect homes on Potrero Road as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Fire trucks arrive to protect homes on Potrero Road as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Sandy Nelson waters down a pine tree on her property as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Sandy Nelson waters down a pine tree on her property as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters continue to battle wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park due to changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park due to changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park caused by changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park caused by changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Early Southern California Wildfire Threatens Homes
NEWBURY PARK, CA - MAY 03: Firefighters look on as wildfire charges back up from Sycamore Canyon inside Pt. Mugu State Park after after changing winds on May 3, 2013 in Newbury Park, California. Hundreds of firefighters are battling wind and dry conditions with over 10,000 acres already burned. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
A firefighter from Huntington beach works to extinguish a brush at Point Mugu Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A firefighter from Huntington beach works to extinguish a brush at Point Mugu Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A firefighter from Huntington beach works to extinguish a brush at Point Mugu Friday, May 3, 2013. A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Smoke billows from a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Firefighters from Glendale, Calif., and Pasadena, Calif., stand watch as bulldozers clear a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Firefighters from Glendale, Calif., and Pasadena, Calif., stand watch as bulldozers clear a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Firefighters from Glendale, Calif., and Pasadena, Calif., stand watch as bulldozers clear a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A helicopter makes a water drop on a hotspot over a hill near Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Authorities have ordered evacuations of a neighborhood and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles where a wildfire is raging close to subdivisions. The blaze on the fringes of Camarillo and Thousand Oaks broke out Thursday morning and was quickly spread by gusty Santa Ana winds. Evacuation orders include California State University, Channel Islands. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A bulldozer clears a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A bulldozer clears a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A bulldozer clears a firebreak near a wildfire burning along a hillside near homes in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. A Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said the blaze that broke out Thursday morning near Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, 50 miles west of Los Angeles, had spread to over 6,500 acres, forcing evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Farmers keep working as a wildfire on a hill burns in the background in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Farmers keep working as a wildfire on a hill burns in the background in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Farmers keep working as a wildfire on a hill burns in the background in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighter puts out a fire while the mobile homes are burning after after a blaze broke out during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area about 50 miles west of Los Angeles, May. 2, 2013, in Camarillo, Calif. A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighter puts out a fire while the mobile homes are burning after after a blaze broke out during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area about 50 miles west of Los Angeles, May. 2, 2013, in Camarillo, Calif. A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A firefighter puts out a fire while the mobile homes are burning after after a blaze broke out during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area about 50 miles west of Los Angeles, May. 2, 2013, in Camarillo, Calif. A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A photographer takes photos as flames and smoke rise from chemical storage tanks near a strawberry farm in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A photographer takes photos as flames and smoke rise from chemical storage tanks near a strawberry farm in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
A photographer takes photos as flames and smoke rise from chemical storage tanks near a strawberry farm in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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