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South Coast Brush Fire Grows To 250 Acres, But Firefighters Getting Upper Hand; No Structures Lost

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)
A 250 acres brush fire in Ventura County as seen from one of the county's air units

Firefighters now have 20% containment of a brush fire that’s charred more than 250 acres of land on the South Coast.

The blaze is burning northeast of Ventura, in the hills between Ventura and Santa Paula.  It's near Elizabeth Road.   During the first few hours it was burning, the fire put up a huge plume of smoke.  No homes were threatened, and no evacuations were ordered. 

Some agricultural buildings were in danger, but firefighters were able to protect them.

300 firefighters on the ground have been aided by more than a half dozen helicopters and air tankers.  Two firefighters were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

The fire is in an area which was burned by the 2017 Thomas brush fire, so the brush in the area is light.  There's no word on the cause of the fire, which started at about 10:30 Wednesday morning.

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.