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Hwy 101 closed in Ventura County after wildfire jumps highway

(UPDATE: 5:15 a.m.)-

CHP Moorpark tweeted that Northbound lanes of Highway 101 are now open, however Southbound lanes of Highway 101 from Pleasant Valley Road to Wendy Drive will remain closed.

Drivers can use routes along State Route 126.

UPDATE (10:05 p.m.) – The Ventura County Office of Education says schools will be closed in 10 districts in the county on Friday because of the wildfires burning in the county.

Ventura CHP says it is possible Highway 101 could remain closed overnight into Friday, but everything will be decided based on weather and fire conditions.

UPDATE (9:35 p.m.) – Firefighters say the Hill Fire has grown to 10,000 acres while the Woolsey Fire grew to 2,000 acres.

Mandatory evacuations for the Hill Fire were ordered for Point Magu Naval Base, Camarillo Springs, Vallecito Trailer Park, California State University Channel Islands, Dos Vientos, and South Coast.

Mandatory evacuations for the Woolsey Fire were ordered for Bell Canyon.

Highway 101 remains closed from Borchard Road to Pleasant Valley Road.

Several evacuation centers have been set up, and there are a number of school closures in Ventura County.

For the complete list of school closures, click here.

UPDATE (7:05 p.m.) – Authorities in Ventura County estimate 1,200 homes have been evacuated in the Camarillo Springs and Dos Vientos areas as a result of the Hill Fire.

Residents seeking updated information can call (805) 465-6650 or visit Ventura County residents are also encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts by texting VCAlert to 313131.

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) – Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for Camarillo Springs, the Vallecito Trailer Park, California State University Channel Islands, and Dos Vientos because of the fast-moving Hill Fire.

A voluntary evacuation order is in place for Point Mugu Naval Base.

Highway 101 is closed northbound at Highway 23 and southbound at Pleasant Valley Rd.

Several agencies from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are traveling to Ventura County to assist crews assigned to the fire.


UPDATE (3:35 p.m.) – The Ventura County Fire Department reports that the Hill Fire burning near Newbury Park has grown to 8-10,000 acres after breaking out at around 2 p.m. Thursday. There is no containment.

Camarillo Springs is under an evacuation order.

Both directions of Highway 101 are closed in the area. The fire reportedly jumped the highway.

Northbound lanes are closed at State Route 23. Southbound lanes are closed at Pleasant Valley Rd. There is no estimated time of reopening.


(3:22 p.m.) – A wind-driven brush fire has erupted in Southern California, burning near structures in the Newbury Park area of Ventura County.

The Ventura County Fire Department says the fire has quickly grown to 100 acres.

More than 160 firefighters have been dispatched, and eight air tankers have been ordered.

Gusty Santa Ana winds are blowing through Ventura and neighboring Los Angeles counties.

The fire is about 5 miles from the site of a shooting Wednesday night at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, in which 12 people were killed.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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