COUNTY — The Pond Fire was 60 percent contained with 2,005 acres burned as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire. Officials estimate the fire will be fully contained on Aug. 8.
The fire reportedly started at 4:33 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, in the area of Katacreek Road and Huer Huerro Road east of Santa Margarita. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The fire destroyed two structures and 200 were threatened. Evacuations remained in effect for Huer Huerro Road from Random Canyon south to Park Hill Road; and Park Hill Road at Huer Huerro Road east to Earthstar Place. Evacuation orders or warnings for all other areas have been lifted.
Santa Margarita Elementary School is the evacuation center. Animals are being evacuated to the Railhead Ranch Arena.
Huer Huerro Road from Highway 58 to Random Canyon is closed to traffic.
According to fire officials, containment lines have been widened for expected strong winds and lower humidity on Monday. Firefighters continue to mop up and mitigate hazards near the perimeter of the fire. Steep rugged terrain and high temperatures remain a factor.
Resources assigned to fight the fire include 27 engines, 12 water tenders, five helicopters, 14 hand crews, 14 dozers, an air attack plane, two air tankers and 415 firefighters some from Ventura and Kern counties.