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NEWBURY PARK (CBSLA) – Mandatory evacuations were ordered in Ventura County after a brush fire erupted in the Newbury Park area on Thursday afternoon, forcing a 101 Freeway to close for several hours.
More than 17,000 people in Ventura County have been evacuated from the Hill Fire, according to firefighters.
It was one of the two big fires that burned in the Southland, the other was the 14,000-hectare Woolsey Fire in Thousand Oaks and in Malibu.
More than 500 firefighters fought against the Heiland fire that broke out in Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa Road around 2.30 pm, the authorities said. From Friday morning the eruption was 0 percent restricted and 6,000 acres burned. However, the crews made good progress because the fire had entered the incineration area of the Springs Fire of 2013.
"Fortunately for us it burns (the Hill Fire) in the old footprint of the Springs Fire of 2013 and the fire activity has decreased and we have been able to concentrate more on the … Woosley Fire," Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters at a press conference Friday.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for all parts of Camarillo Springs, Vallecito Trailer Park, California State University Channel Islands, Point Magu Naval Base, as well as these areas of Dos Vientos and South Coast. It is estimated that 1,200 homes have been affected. They stayed in their place from Friday morning.
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The 101 Freeway was closed in both directions. On Friday at about four o'clock in the afternoon the northward side was reopened, but the road to the south remained closed from Pleasant Valley Road to Wendy Drive.
There were no confirmed residual or commercial structural losses at the time of this report.
"I was actually in Thousand Oaks when it first happened and me and my mother jumped in the car and came home as soon as possible," Ciera Muscarella told CBS2. "Everything was shut down, we did not know if we could go home and luckily we were home just in time."
Friday school closings were issued for the California State University Channel Islands and California Lutheran University.
A list of school closures in Ventura County is available through the Ventura County Office of Education website.
Meanwhile, firefighters had their hands full on Friday with the 10,000-acre Woolsey Fire that originated in the Rocketdyne area south of Simi Valley at 2:25 PM. Thursday. The fire had grown to approximately 8,000 acres on Friday morning and had zero percent containment. 75,000 houses were evacuated in the provinces of Ventura and L.A.
An evacuation center was set up at Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center, located at 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93063.
Those seeking information about family or friends can call the Ventura County Joint Information Hotline at 805-465-6650.