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Brush Fire Burns In Santa Clara River Valley; 25+ Acres Burned

(Photo courtesy Southern California Edison)
A brush fire has burned more than five acres of land in the Santa Clara River bed. No structures are reported threatened.

A brush fire has burned more that 25 acres of land in a Ventura County riverbed, sending up a plume of smoke visible for miles.

The fire was reported at about 11:45 Monday morning, in the Santa Clara Riverbed southwest of Santa Paula.  Ventura County firefighters have been trying to keep the blaze contained to the riverbed area.  An evacuation warning was issued for the Shell Road and Todd Road areas.  There are only a handful of homes in the agricultural area, but there are some industrial businesses.

Smoke from the fire was pushed west by high wind, along Highway 126 into the Ventura area.

High wind conditions havee prompted Red Flag Warnings for increased brush fire danger on the Central and South Coasts.

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.