"If something catches fire, it's in the best possible place because it's isolated and it's near water," Gearhart said. "Our biggest concern right now is smoke because it's a very smoldering fire, and as the wind shifts, it either blows smoke toward or away from us."
Evacuation orders were in effect in several areas on Saturday, but officials lifted orders for the campus of California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo and for the Dos Vientos community in Newbury Park, authorities said.
Many Ventura County residents, especially those who live in or near the mountains, were on edge about the fires and possible evacuation.
"The sheriff said they would come pounding on the door if they came close," said resident Elizabeth Dickenson.
CNN meteorologist Chad Myers described the fire as an omen for California because the wildfire season isn't supposed to start until August or September.
Mountain chaparral and shrubs are dry because Los Angeles has received only half of its normal rainfall the past two years, Myers said. The vegetation is brown, instead of green from winter rain, he said.
The Los Angeles area has received less than 2 inches of rain since January, making the bone-dry region "definitely ripe for these fires," said William Patzert, a NASA climatologist.