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Simi Valley vegetation fire erupts amid extreme red flag conditions: WATCH LIVE – KABC-TV, Abc7.com

Simi Valley vegetation fire erupts amid extreme red flag conditions: WATCH LIVE – KABC-TV, Abc7.com


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) – A fast-moving vegetation fire erupted on the hillsides above Simi Valley on Wednesday morningamid extreme red flag conditions, prompting evacuation orders and school closures as it spread to 407 acres.

The so-called Easy Fire began shortly after 6 am near the 200 block of West Los Angeles Avenue. Homes in nearby residential neighborhoods were immediately threatened by the flames, even after winds initially seemed to be blowing the fire in a direction away from houses.

Helicopters were seen performing water drops on the blaze while at least one fixed-wing aircraft dropped a payload of Phos-Chek.

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Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for an area bounded by Tierra Rejada to the north, Madera Street to the east, Olsen / Madera Street to the south and Highway 23 to the west, according to an alert from the Ventura County Fire Department.

An evacuation shelter was established at the Thousand Oaks Community Center at 2525 N. Moorpark Road.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or structural damages.

MAP: Easy Fire evacuation zone

Firefighters raced to protect the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a thin wall of flames approached from a nearby hillside. The facility was closed Wednesday.

The cause of the fire was unknown.
The incident forced the California Highway Patrol to close California 23 (the Moorpark Freeway) in both directions between Avenida de los Arboles and Los Angeles Avenue.

All schools in the Simi Valley and Moorpark unified school districts were closed Wednesday, according to the Ventura County Office of Education.

Santa Ana winds were expected to reach speeds of 40 – 50 mph in the burn area on Wednesday, with gusts of up to 60 mph on ridgetops, the National Weather Service said. Single-digit humidity was forecasted throughout the day.

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