Ventura County fire crews battling brush fire near Santa Paula

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - The Ventura County Fire Department and the Santa Paula Fire Department worked to extinguish a number of small vegetation fire that sparked near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula Wednesday night.

The Canyon Fire was first reported just before 8 p.m. in the hills surrounding Thomas Aquinas College.

Over a dozen hikers that were located near the Punch Bowls recreation area were in contact with fire personnel and escorted to safety.

Ventura County Fire said the fires had scorched over 4 acres and were moving up hill at a moderate rate of speed. 

70 firefighters were called in to battle the blaze and two helicopters arrived to make water drops on the flames.

Crews will work to extinguish the fire in a timely matter but as of 9 p.m., no structures are considered threatened.

Check back for more details.

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