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Crews in Ventura County containing fire in Somis amid Santa Ana winds, evacuation order in place

SOMIS, Calif. — According to the Ventura County Fire Department, first responders are working to contain a brush fire burning along a ridgeline south of South Mountain, in the Somis area Saturday morning.

The brush fire began approximately at 9:30 a.m. west of Honda Barranca Road and north of La Loma Avenue, which is being shut down between Price Road and Walnut Avenue.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office say, an evacuation order has been issued for the following areas in Somis and Santa Paula:

  1. South Mountain – South Side Foothills
    • North: East La Loma Avenue & West La Loma Avenue
    • South: East Los Angeles Avenue
    • East: Aggen Road
    • West: La Vista Ave.
  2. S. Mission Rock Road Area, Santa Paula
    • North: Hwy 118
    • South: Santa Clara River
    • East: S. Briggs Rd
  3. Saticoy Country Club Area
    • North: Santa Clara River
    • South and West: W. Los Angeles Ave.
    • East: La Vista Ave.
Courtesy: Ventura County Emergency

A temporary shelter has been established at the campus gym of the Ventura Community College on West Campus Way at 4667 Telegraph Road Ventura, CA 93003, according to the Red Cross of Central California.

According to VCFD Public Information Officer Andy VanSciver, the so called "South Fire" in the Somis South Mountain is now at 2,444 acres with 0% containment.

Fire crews including engines, hand-crews, dozers and helicopters with night vision capabilities will continue throughout the night. Air tankers and helicopters are on the scene amid gusty Santa Ana winds impacting the area.

The VCFD says, there are currently 56 pieces of equipment and 100 firefighters on the scene.

Therer are road closures are in effect for the following areas from West Los Angeles Avenue northward to West La Loma Avenue:

  • La Vista Ave.
  • Walnut Ave.
  • Price Road
  • Aggen Road 
  • W. La Loma Ave. east from La Vista Road

The VCFD says, an Incident Command Post has been set up at Mesa Union Elementary School.

According to the National Weather Service of Los Angeles, conditions at the South Fire are seeing Santa Winds blowing gusts 30 miles per hour and humidity standing at 15%.

A red flag warning is in effect for Ventura County, commencing at 8:00 AM on Saturday, December 9, 2023, and concluding at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 10, 2023, says the NWS of LA.

According to the Ventura County Emergency website, Southern California Edison is monitoring numerous electrical circuits in Ventura County for potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

Caltrans District 7 says, to use alternate routes and avoid traveling on State Route 118 west of Moorpark in the Somis area, at this time.

To be up to date with the fire visit VC Emergency.

For more information on impacted electrical circuits you can look at the incident dashboard here

Individuals with questions regarding the fire can contact the Incident Information Hotline at 805-465-6650

We will update this article as more information comes in.

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