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Lockwood Valley Brush Fire Damages 3 Structures

June 24, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

A brush fire in sparsely populated Lockwood Valley damaged three structures and charred 60 to 80 acres, fire officials in Ventura County said Wednesday.

The fire began at about 3:15 p.m. on Boy Scout Camp Road, Forest Service spokesman Joe Pasinato said.

Within hours, more than 330 firefighters had responded.

It was unclear whether the fire started in a structure and spread to nearby brush or whether it leaped to the structure from the surrounding vegetation, Pasinato said.

But winds were light, giving firefighters an advantage.

By 8 p.m., the fire was declared 40% contained, fire officials said.

Residents of surrounding areas who had evacuated were told they could return home.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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