Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of two brush fires in the Ventura River bottom area, including a highly visible fire near the 101 Freeway/Highway 33 interchange in Ventura midday yesterday.
The first blaze was discovered just before noon yesterday. Ventura firefighters were concerned about the potential for gusty winds to blow the blaze in heavy brush out of control, as well as affecting traffic on the nearby freeway, and highway.
They were able to knock down the blaze in about an hour, with the help of a helicopter. It burned about an acre and a half of brush. The cause is still under investigation.
The second fire started at around 6:30 last night, less than a half mile from the first one. It was controlled in about two hours, after burning about two acres of brush.