Wildfire Causes Evacuations of Homes, University

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds has forced the evacuation of homes and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles.

The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area. It was quickly spread by the winds.

The evacuation orders included the smoke-choked campus of California State University, Channel Islands, attended by about 5,000 students.

The Ventura County Fire Department says some 6,500 acres were charred, with no containment. A cluster of RVs in a parking lot was destroyed.

More than 500 firefighters from multiple agencies are getting help from aircraft dropping water and retardant.

About 100 miles to the east, two homes, a number of outbuildings and several vehicles were destroyed, and two other homes were damaged in a 5-acre grass fire in Jurupa Valley.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wind-driven wildfire is raging close to homes in communities 50 miles west of Los Angeles and residents are evacuating.

The Ventura County Fire Department says the blaze broke out Thursday morning along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area and quickly moved down slopes toward modern subdivisions. More than 100 acres have burned. There is zero containment.

More than 200 firefighters with help from aircraft dropping water and retardant worked to protect dozens of homes around the Camarillo Springs Golf Course.

Several residents have voluntarily evacuated. Fire officials said other residents should shelter in place and be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 30 mph are sending up plumes of smoke over the homes and strawberry fields to the south.

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