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Firefighters Stop Wind-Whipped Brush Fire Near Homes In Conejo Valley Neighborhood

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A brush fire burns in a canyon near a Ventura County neighborhood Thursday.

Blaze burns near hundreds of town homes

Mopup work continues on a brush fire which threatened a Ventura County neighborhood.

What's being called the "Country" Fire began 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.

Helicopters and air tankers spearheaded the attack on the fire, and were able to help stop the spread of the blaze. Firefighters held the fire to 28 acres burned. People were able to return home before sunset Thursday.

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A helicopter makes a water drop on a brush fire which threatened homes in Weslkae Village Thursday

Investigators questioned some teens in the area of the fire, but there’s no official word yet on what started 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.