(NEW YORK) — A brush fire in Ventura County, California, has burned roughly 1,200 acres and forced some mandatory evacuations.
As many as 600 firefighters were fighting the blaze by air and ground, according to Ventura County Fire Department public information officer Captain Mike Lindbery. The fire was burning along U.S. 101 near Solimar Beach and forced the closure of a portion of the highway, reported ABC affiliate KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara. It was about 10 percent contained.
#SolimarFire Fire is now estimated at 1200 acres with 600 firefighters on scene or en route. 4 fixed wing tankers ordered.
— Capt Mike Lindbery (@VCFD_PIO) December 26, 2015
A mandatory evacuations was in place for the Solimar Beach community while a voluntary evacuation was in effect for the Faria Beach community.
Officials said Saturday they did not know how the fire started. Officials said they are working with the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, to assess damage to the freeway guardrails before they could reopen U.S. 101 to the busy holiday traffic.
— Amanda Macias (@AmandaMMacias) December 26, 2015
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