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Easy Fire in Simi Valley reaches 90 percent containment as Maria Fire burns through Santa Paula area

Easy Fire Simi Valley
Easy Fire burns in the area of Simi Valley on Wednesday

VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - The Easy Fire, which erupted in the early morning in Simi Valley earlier this week, is approaching full containment.

The fire, which drew national interest as it encroached on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, scorched nearly 2,000 acres, causing road closures and forcing some residents to have to leave their homes behind. 

As of 7:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, containment on the fire had grown to 90 percent and forward progress had been officially halted. Firefighters will remain on scene to extinguish any flare-ups and put out hot spots that could crop up.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As full containment on the Easy Fire approaches, the Maria Fire, burning between Santa Paula and Somis in northern Ventura County, continues to rage with little-to-no containment as of a noon press conference. That fire has burned 9,000 acres and destroyed at least two homes. 

Continuing coverage on the Maria Fire can be found here

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