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May 3, 2013 12:22 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ventura County wildfire hits PCH, more evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ventura County fire officials say an 8,000-acre wildfire has topped a ridge and reached the Pacific Coast Highway.

Fire Capt. Bill Nash says the fire reached the PCH - which had been closed for the second time in a day - at about 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Nash says the wildfire is still growing and the 10 percent containment the department had cited earlier was likely to be reduced.

By sunset firefighters had gained ground against the blaze that broke out along U.S. 101 and threatened 2,000 homes.

But a late surged forced a new series of evacuations and the PCH shutdown.

No one has been injured and no homes have been destroyed, but 25 homes were damaged.

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