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(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A 400 acre brush fire has forced some evacuations in eastern Ventura County.

No homes have been reported damaged by the Easy Fire, which is between Simi Valley and Moorpark.

It started just after 6 a.m. Wednesday near Easy Street, and has pushed south along Highway 23, in the hills by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Firefighters on the Central and South Coasts are geared up for what may be one of the most powerful Santa Ana wind events of the year, which could create a spike in the brush fire danger. The strongest wind is expected in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, but the entire region could be impacted.

(Ventura County Air Unit photo)

The Santa Ana wind has arrived on parts of the Central and South Coasts, leading to potentially dangerous brush fire conditions for our region. The biggest concern is in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. There’s a Red Flag Warning for all of Ventura County, and parts of LA County through Friday, with wind from 40 to 60 miles an hour range possible.

There’s a Red Flag Warning in effect for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Thursday morning, with Santa Ana winds elevating the potential for brush fires. Meteorologists say we could see wind in the 50 mile an hour range on the coast, and inland, and up to 70 miles an hour in the mountains.

More record to near record heat is in the forecast for the Central and South Coasts.

The heat wave and wind are expected to peak Wednesday, with a gradual cooling trend starting Thursday.

The big news is while the heat will be with us, it’s expected the Santa Ana winds will decrease as we move through the day, and we could even see the marine layer start to return to the coastline Wednesday night.