High­way 101 closed in Ven­tura County due to fire; evac­u­a­tions or­dered


A wind-driven veg­e­ta­tion fire in Ven­tura County prompted au­thor­i­ties to close High­way 101 south of Ca­mar­illo and or­der evac­u­a­tions Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The fire was re­ported in the Hill Canyon area of Santa Rosa Val­ley at about 2 p.m., and by 3:30 p.m., it was es­ti­mated to be 8,000 to 10,000 acres, ac­cord­ing to the Ven­tura County Fire Depart­ment.

The blaze jumped High­way 101, which was closed in both direc­tions be­tween Wendy Drive and Pleas- ant Val­ley Road in Ca­mar­illo, Cal­trans Dis­trict 7 of­fi­cials said.

Evac­u­a­tions were or­dered for the Ca­mar­illo Springs area and Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity, Chan­nel Is­lands cam­pus, ac­cord­ing to Ven­tura County of­fi­cials.

High­way 101 is fully closed just south of Ca­mar­illo be­cause flames jumped the road, ac­cord­ing to Cal­trans Dis­trict 7.

The free­way is blocked on the south­bound side be­tween Pleas­ant Val­ley Road and Wendy Drive and on the north­bound side from High­way 23 to Pleas­ant Val­ley Road for an un­known du­ra­tion.

Driv­ers head­ing south to Los An­ge­les are be­ing de­toured off High­way 101 at Santa Rosa Road, con­nect­ing to High­way 118 through Simi Val­ley and then on to High­way 5.

High­way 126, which in­ter­sects with High­way 101 in Ven­tura, pro­vides an­other con­nec­tion to High­way 5.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the Ven­tura County emer­gency page, VCEmer­gency.com, or by call­ing 805-465-6650 for up­dates on road clo­sures, evac­u­a­tion perime­ters and shel­ters.

As of 3:15 p.m., an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter was set up at the Bor­chard Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 190 Reino Road in New­bury Park.

The Ven­tura County Star re­ported thou­sands of struc­tures were threat­ened by the Hill Fire, which was burn­ing the same ar­eas af­fected by the 2013 Springs Fire.

Mul­ti­ple San Luis Obispo County fire agen­cies sent fire­fight­ers and equip­ment down to the Ven­tura County fire area to help bat­tle the blaze.

Law en­force­ment agen­cies also re­sponded to help with evac­u­a­tion ef­forts, in­clud­ing the county Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Cal Poly Uni­ver­sity Po­lice Depart­ment, the Cuesta Col­lege Po­lice Depart­ment and the Pismo Beach Po­lice Depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to a Sher­iff’s Of­fice news re­lease.

Lind­sey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lind­seymholden

Noozhawk man­ag­ing edi­tor Giana Magnoli can be reached at gmag­noli@noozhawk.com. Twit­ter: @noozhawk


Flames from the Hill Fire in Ven­tura County were vis­i­ble from High­way 101 on Thurs­day.

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