A brush fire driven by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 50 m.p.h. burned more than 10,000 acres north of Camarillo on Monday, threatening about 50 ranch homes.
More than 200 firefighters, aided by six retardant-dropping tanker planes and two helicopters, prevented any homes or buildings from burning, said Ventura County Assistant Fire Chief Don Ellis. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters hoped to contain the blaze by late this afternoon. Ellis said he expected it to consume at least 12,000 acres.
The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. near Bradley Road, about four miles north of Camarillo, and spread north over South Mountain to the banks of the Santa Clara River. A wind from the west that flows up the river channel pushed the fire toward the east until the prevailing Santa Ana winds of about 20 to 25 m.p.h. from the northeast drove it back to the south, said Dana De Diana, information officer for the Ventura County Fire Department.