A fast-moving brush fire fueled by strong, erratic winds and low humidity charred as many as 7,000 acres Thursday in the Newbury Park-Thousand Oaks area, forcing evacuations and shutting down a section of the 101 Freeway as scores of firefighters, aided by air tankers, worked to quell the flames.

Related: This map shows where the Hill fire and Woolsey fire are burning

The Hill fire broke out sometime around 2 p.m. in the Santa Rosa Valley near Santa Rosa Road, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials. Capt. Brian McGrath said that by 3 p.m., the blaze had quickly burned through thousands of acres near the border of Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks.

The Woolsey fire, in the meantime, was burning structures late Thursday and evacuation orders were issued for Oak Park, a community near the Los Angeles County border; and for a nearby section of Los Angeles. Also evacuated early Friday were parts of Bell Canyon and Thousand Oaks.

And a new fire broke out near the 118 Freeway in the Simi Valley area, prompting closure of eastbound lanes early Friday.


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Source:: East Bay – Science


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