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Firefighters Get Upper Hand In Conejo Valley Brush Fire

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Brush fire in Conejo Valley stopped before it could damage buildings

Firefighters are mopping up a 30 acre brush fire which caused a scare in the Conejo Valley, and snarled traffic on the 101 Freeway.

The blaze started just after 11 a.m., on the south side of Highway 101 near Rancho Road.  A brisk wind quickly blew the flames up a brush and chaparral covered hillside.  Firefighters were able to protect an athletic club and some industrial buildings on the eastern flank of the fire.

The fire initially sent a thick cloud of smoke across the 101, causing traffic to slow.  Fire trucks parked along the south side of the freeway continued to cause slowing for the next few hours.

They stopped the flames before they could crest a ridge, and move through rugged hills into the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation area.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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. 
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