CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire sparked in dry brush on a ridge next to a Ventura County freeway is moving towards homes in a suburban community.
The Ventura County Fire Department says the blaze broke out Thursday morning along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area, 50 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. Fast-moving flames have charred about 100 acres. There is zero containment.
More than 200 firefighters with help from aircraft dropping water and retardant are working to protect the community around the Camarillo Springs Golf Course.
Heavy winds are sending up huge plumes of smoke over a mobile home community and strawberry fields to the south.
Two lanes of the eastbound freeway at the Conejo Grade are blocked by fire trucks.