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Brush Fire Causes Big Scare In Ventura County

(KCLU photo)
Firefighters head into a canyon near hundreds of homes to battle a Westlake Village brush fire Thursday.

Burns near hundreds of homes in Westlake Village

Firefighters are mopping up a brush fire which threatened a Ventura County neighborhood, but was stopped before it could reach homes.

What's being called the "Country" Fire began just after 3 Thursday afternoon in a canyon near Via Colinas in Westlake Village. The neighborhood has hundreds of town homes.

Wind pushed the smoke over the neighborhood, stoking fears the homes were at risk. Residents were asked to evacuate the area.

Because the blaze was burning in a rugged canyon, helicopters and air tankers spearheaded the attack on the fire, and were able to help stop the spread of the blaze. They held the fire to 28 acres burned, and by 6:30 p.m., containment was at 50%. However, the mopup work is expected to continue well into Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Three teens at the scene were questioned, but there's still no official word on the cause of the blaze.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury. No homes were destroyed or damaged.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.