A wildfire has burned 8,000 to 10,000 acres in the Santa Rosa Valley near Camarillo Springs Thursday afternoon — triggering mandatory evacuations of some 1,200 homes and the closure of the 101 Freeway in both directions.
The blaze, dubbed the Hill Fire, comes amid a red flag warning and an expectation from forecasters that Santa Ana winds in the area will worsen Thursday night. Winds from the northeast are 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph.
Another blaze – the Woolsey Fire – was burning in the Simi Hills near the former Rocketdyne facility, prompting mandatory evacuations in Bell Canyon and voluntary orders in other areas nearby.
About 2 1/2 hours after the Hill Fire broke out around 2 p.m., a home, trucks and trailers appeared to be burning in the area of Old Conejo Road and Vista Conejo on the western end of Thousand Oaks, aerial video from Sky5 showed.
Later, transmission towers for power lines appeared to be in the path of the fire.
Residents in the Camarillo Springs area and Vicieto Trailer Park are facing mandatory evacuations, as are the California State University Channel Islands, Dos Vientos and Camarillo Springs areas, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Twitter.
For the Dos Vientos and Camarillo Springs areas, some 1,200 homes were evacuated, the Fire Department said.
The Hill Fire was burning just a few miles from the site of mass shooting that also brought out Ventura County first responders Thursday at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.
Traffic along the 101 Freeway could be seen getting jammed as the fire burned nearby, video from Sky5 showed.
Evacuated residents can go to the Borchard Community Center in Newbury Park, located at 190 Reino Road, officials said.
The northbound 101 Freeway is closed at State Route 23, with traffic being diverted onto northbound State Route 23, Caltrans said. The southbound 101 Freeway is closed at Pleasant Valley Road.
Officials also said Moorpark Road is closed from the 101 Freeway to Los Padres Drive. North and south off-ramps for the freeway at Moorpark Road are also closed.
A red flag warning for Santa Ana winds was in effect Thursday and Friday for Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The strongest winds should occur Thursday night, and relative humidity will drop into the single digits, according to the National Weather Service.
Thursday evening, the Pleasant Valley School District announced all schools would be closed on Friday.