Ventura County

Ventura Riverbed Fire Stopped at 20 Acres

Officials estimate fire is 90% contained, one firefighter sent to the hospital

VENTURA, Calif. - Crews on scene have gained control of a fire in Ventura county that's burned at least 20 acres.

It started just before 4:30 a.m. Friday near Bristol Road and Montgomery Avenue.

The fire burned a strip of dry brush and eucalyptus trees between an orchard and a strawberry field.  Ventura city and county fire departments expect to be mopping up the fire all day long.  

At 8 a.m. about 70 firefighters were on scene.  A helicopter was dropping water on the flames.  The fire was burning about 300 yards from the river bottom.  

No homes are threatened at this time, but a nearby orchard is. Ventura County Fire spokesperson Mike Lindbery said one firefighter was transported to the hospital with a medical condition.

Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery says the fire is burning hot and moving fast because of the high temperatures and low humidity.  Lindbery says light wind is pushing the fire alongside an orchard.   

Southern California Edison has responded to the scene.  They are cutting power to some lines in the area as a precaution.

All nearby schools and businesses are open at this time.

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