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July 6, 1989
Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a brush fire that burned 26 acres Wednesday near Lake Sherwood in Ventura County, the Ventura County Fire Department reported. One firefighter suffered a broken ankle, and two others were treated at Westlake Community Hospital for heat exhaustion, said Ventura County Fire Department dispatcher Cece Grives. The fire damaged no structures and was contained by evening, fire officials said.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Moorpark spread to at least 50 acres early Tuesday, although no structures were threatened and no injuries had been reported. Dubbed the Happy Camp fire, the blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. and was burning near Happy Camp Canyon Road and east of the Rustic Canyon Golf Course north of the 118Freeway, said Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire Department. No evacuations or full road closures had been ordered as firefighters tried to get the upper hand on the blaze's western front in the predawn hours.
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October 17, 1999
The Amazing Maize Maze in Camarillo, a maze made of corn stalks that had planned to operate through October, was unexpectedly shut down for the year Oct. 7 because of hot, dry weather. The corn "was very, very dry and we had extreme fire weather," according to a spokeswoman for the Ventura County Fire Department.
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August 28, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters in Ventura County were battling a brush fire Wednesday evening near Lake Piru. The blaze was reported about 6:15 p.m. and had burned about five acres of brush when crews arrived on the scene, the Ventura County Fire Department said. The blaze was called the Cross incident. Fire commanders on the ground requested at  least one air tanker to help attack the blaze.  No other details were immediately available. [Updated 8:20 p.m.: The fire was held to five acres and crews were planning to work through the night to build containment lines, fire officials said.
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January 11, 1996 | CHRISTINA LIMA
A fire engulfed a dry cleaner in Simi Valley on Wednesday morning, destroying all of the business's equipment and causing an estimated $185,000 in damages, said a spokeswoman with the Ventura County Fire Department. Viva Cleaners, in a strip mall at 2464 Stearns St., was engulfed by fire at 7:04 a.m. shortly after the owners had opened the facility, officials said. The fire, which was contained within 30 minutes, destroyed equipment, with an estimated value of $100,000, officials said.
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August 23, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Ventura County Fire Department has dispatched 51 firefighters to aid crews battling wildfires in California and Nevada. Local firefighters were sent to Placer, Mariposa and Fresno counties; the northeastern California community of Likely; the Lake Tahoe area; Sequoia National Forest; and Elko, Nev. Sandi Wells, a spokeswoman for the Ventura County Fire Department, said that all Ventura County fire stations are fully staffed.
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July 19, 1996 | NICK GREEN
A fire that caused $60,000 damage to a Camarillo residence remains under investigation today, authorities said. The blaze at 1360 Cordova St. was largely confined to a garage and extinguished by firefighters about 10 minutes after it was reported at 1:18 a.m. Thursday, a Ventura County Fire Department spokeswoman said. The lone occupant of the residence escaped uninjured to a neighbor's home, the spokeswoman said.
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December 29, 2001
A fire at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store Wednesday that caused $2 million in damage was started by employees using aerosol spray cans, according to authorities. It did not appear the employees intended to start the fire, said a spokeswoman for the Ventura County Fire Department. But investigators intend to present the case to the district attorney, who will determine whether a crime of "recklessly starting a fire" occurred. No one has been arrested.
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May 2, 1993 | RODNEY BOSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weed abatement worker accidentally sparked a three-quarter-acre grass fire in Moorpark on Saturday when he tried to refill a weed-cutter with gasoline, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The blaze started when some of the gasoline spilled onto the tool's hot engine, ignited and quickly spread to surrounding dry weeds. "At first I thought, 'My God, my propane tank is going to catch fire,' " said Christine Crane, who leases the property at the end of Gabbert Road.
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May 5, 1996
You had an article April 30 with the heading "Teens' Film Project Sparks Hillside Fire" in Newbury Park. The article stated that the fire was extinguished by the Ventura County Fire Department. I would like to set the record straight. The fire was extinguished by the fast action of the residents with water, blankets and a shovel. By the time the Fire Department arrived on the scene, the fire was out, and the area just needed a good soaking from the Fire Department to prevent any hot spots from flaring up. PHIL PALMA Newbury Park
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June 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Firefighters in Ventura County on Tuesday evening stopped the forward progress of a brush fire that had burned about 60 acres. The Condor fire was burning in rugged terrain Tuesday evening as crews were cutting lines around the perimeter, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The blaze broke out shortly before 4 p.m. east of Fillmore near Highway 126, fire officials said. Earlier Tuesday, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft made repeated assaults on the flames as they burned across light vegetation.
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May 3, 2013
A fire that started about 6:30 a.m. Thursday quickly grew into an out-of-control blaze that burned more than 6,500 acres in less than six hours Thursday. Hundreds of firefighters from across Southern California continue to battle the blaze -- now at 10,000 acres -- which at one point threatened hundreds of homes in Newbury Park and Camarillo. Join us at 9 a.m. when we discuss the latest on the Springs fire with Times reporters Hector Becerra and Christine Mai-Duc. MAP: Southland fires A roughly nine-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway was closed Thursday as the blaze moved toward the coast.
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May 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Though it was almost 1 a.m., drivers parked and pulled off the road in Newbury Park, struck by the orange glow of a fire that torched the earth in front of them. While the raging Springs fire that has burned more than 8,000 acres headed west, it was a less important backfire in the Santa Monica Mountains that captivated residents, passersby and journalists. Dozens of onlookers came and went. Most stood off a main road near an entrance to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and stared at the charred land.
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May 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
The air attack against a wildfire that has burned through more than 10,000 acres in Ventura County will resume at sunrise, state and county fire officials said Friday. The Springs fire, which began before 7 a.m. Thursday south of the 101 Freeway in Camarillo, has reached Pacific Coast Highway and threatens 2,000 homes, 100 businesses and more than a dozen other buildings. Hundreds of residents in Sycamore Canyon, La Jolla Canyon and Broome Ranch have been forced to evacuate. PHOTOS: Springs fire The Ventura County Fire Department said the blaze has damaged 15 buildings and is 10% contained.
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May 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Investigators are interviewing witnesses and residents in Camarillo Springs to try to determine the cause of a wildfire that's scorched through more than 10,000 acres and threatened more than 4,000 homes, officials said Friday. Authorities have narrowed their search for the origin of the Springs fire to an area south of the 101 Freeway near Camarillo Springs Road. “There are a number of things that can start it there,” said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash.
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May 3, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, Hailey Branson-Potts, and Dalina Castellanos
The wildfire burning through Ventura County has scorched 28,000 acres, and firefighters have only 20% of the blaze surrounded, officials said. The Ventura County Fire Department said the air attack would end at sunset and the Springs fire would be attacked by ground crews. "Barring unusual events, we do not expect to receive any new updates on the fire until tomorrow morning," authorities said in a statement. Elsewhere in Southern California, firefighters quickly knocked down brush fires that threatened homes in Glendale and the San Gabriel Valley suburb of Walnut.
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June 22, 1989
Afire that burned 300 acres of mountainous brush north of Newbury Park was contained early Wednesday after firefighters battled it for 18 hours, the Ventura County Fire Department reported. The blaze, which started shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Canyon north of Rancho Conejo Road, was contained at 6:45 a.m. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion but there were no major injuries. No structures were threatened by the fire, which burned in an undeveloped area of mostly rugged terrain.
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August 10, 1997 | LISA FERNANDEZ
A brush fire on Saturday burned about four acres of grassland northeast of Gillibrand Canyon, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Five engines were sent to the area of Bennett and Tapo Canyon roads shortly after 5 p.m., said fire dispatcher Charles Carranza. The crew contained the blaze by about 7:45 p.m. but was expected to continue mopping up into the evening, he said. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.
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May 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
As the Springs fire hopped past the Pacific Coast Highway on Friday and burned toward the Los Angeles County line, it also crept closer toward the naval base at Point Mugu. A spokeswoman for the Naval Base Ventura County said some brush and wooden structures were burning Friday morning at a range on the far western point of the base. Ventura County fire officials said they were preparing to handle the flareup, which was in a marshy area. The fire reached the swampy spot Thursday night, fire officials said, but mostly burned itself out. "If it burns south from there, it hits ocean," said Bill Nash, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.
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May 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities have ordered more evacuations and firefighters are scrambling to reposition after a 180-degree shift in the winds turned the Springs fire path on a dime, weather experts and fire officials said. “Some of it pushed back into the main body of the fire, some of it hooked around into the unburned portions and is making runs,” said Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Tom Kruschke. For a a day and a half, winds had sent a wall of smoke and flames from Camarillo southwest to the ocean with the fire tracing Pacific Coast Highway toward Malibu.
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