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May 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
Part of Pacific Coast Highway has been closed as crews try to get a handle on a Ventura County wildfire that has scorched at least 6,500 acres in a matter of hours. California Highway Patrol announced about 12:45 p.m. Thursday that the coastal highway was closed in both directions between Yerba Buena and Las Posas roads because of the Springs fire, which flared along the Conejo Grade of the 101 Freeway in Camarillo. All lanes of the 101 Freeway remained open, the agency said.
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May 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Residents near a 100-acre fire burning along the 101 Freeway in Camarillo should prepare to leave their homes, an official said, but no evacuation orders had been issued as of Thursday morning. “What we're telling residents is be prepared to evacuate. There are some homes in the area,” Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash said, adding that his was one of them. “Take the time now to get ready in case that order comes.” An update from the Fire Department warned residents to "gather important documents, medications and other irreplaceable belongings and be ready to evacuate.
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May 2, 2013 | By Hector Becerra, Kate Mather and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
The Southern California wildfire season got off to an ominous start Thursday with a massive brush fire in Ventura County that officials fear is just a preview of dangerous months ahead. The fire showed in dramatic fashion how the region's record dry conditions and lack of rainfall can quickly combine with fierce Santa Ana winds to produce widespread havoc. Firefighters said the dry winter and spring left the brush much more combustible than they've ever seen it at this time of year.
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May 2, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Steve Chawkins and Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Terry Doebler woke up choking from the smoke. Doebler, 80, and her 82-year-old husband, Paul - retired New York transplants living in the Camarillo Springs neighborhood of Ventura County - had seen brushfires before in their 15 years there, but this was the first time a blaze forced them to evacuate. "I opened the front door and the whole mountain was on fire," Paul Doebler said. The Doeblers were among hundreds of residents in several Ventura County communities who fled their homes Thursday to escape a fast-moving brush fire that burned 8,000 acres and threatened thousands of homes.
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April 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire driven by powerful winds slowed to a crawl overnight in Fillmore as gusts died down and gave firefighters a chance to regroup. "Today is our day to get strong work done," Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery told The Times early Tuesday. "We have limited time before these predicted Santa Ana winds. " The blaze scorched through about 170 acres in the Ventura County town Monday evening and burned two structures. Lindbery said he could not immediately determine how much of the fire had been contained.
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April 9, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A fire in Ventura County that burned two homes and threatened many more is 80% contained, fire officials said Monday. The Fillmore fire , sparked by a downed power line, started Monday afternoon and burned a mobile home in the 1400 block of Goodenough Road and then spread to nearby brush and began burning uphill. "We got a lot of work done last night" after the winds died down, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery told The Times. "Today is our day to get strong work done.
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April 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brush fire whipped by powerful winds charred about 170 acres in Fillmore on Monday night and burned at least two structures, officials said. The blaze burned on a day when winds up to 50 mph battered Southern California and left thousands of people from Lancaster to Pomona without power. About 400 firefighters from several jurisdictions were battling the Fillmore blaze, which forced authorities to order about 200 people to evacuate their homes as flames burned palm trees and thick mountainside vegetation.
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April 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Fierce winds downed electrical lines and sparked a brush fire near Fillmore that was burning several structures as fire crews scrambled to stop the blaze. The powerful winds left about 18,000 people without power across Southern California on Monday, officials said. Firefighters near Fillmore were calling in additional units and helicopters to help battle the blaze that was being fanned by winds up to 30 mph, officials said. "We're trying to get ahead of this fire," Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery told The Times.  He said that at least one home was burning.
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May 18, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Firefighters aided by a water-dropping helicopter were battling the blaze that broke out Wednesday evening on an aircraft loaded with fuel at Point Mugu naval air station. Three crew members aboard the B-707 were able to escape from the plane and were transported to nearby hospitals with minor injuries, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The aircraft, which was carrying about 150,000 pounds of fuel, was attempting to take off about 5:25 p.m. from the main runway when it skidded out of control, said Vance Vasquez, a spokesman for the base.
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July 15, 2010 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The heat wave that gripped Southern California on Wednesday is expected to last through the weekend, increasing the threat of wildfires and prompting officials to issue heat advisories for inland areas. The National Weather Service issued an extreme heat watch from Thursday morning through Friday evening for valley areas in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Riverside counties. Temperatures there were expected to exceed 100 degrees. The soaring temperatures, expected to range from five to 10 degrees above normal, are the result of a high-pressure ridge building over the Southwest, the weather service said.
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