FILLMORE, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters in Ventura County are still battling a wind-driven brush fire near Fillmore that destroyed two homes and forced hundreds to evacuate.
The blaze has scorched about 170 acres and was 80 percent contained as of early Tuesday morning.
Fire officials said they were hoping to take advantage of improved weather conditions to get a handle on the flames.
Higher temperatures and the possibility of northeasterly winds are in the forecast for Wednesday.
“We’re taking advantage of a window we have between the strong winds we had yesterday and what may be coming tomorrow,” said Ventura County Fire Capt. Mike Lindberry.
“We’ve had people up on the hill all night long working on the heat and trying to get a line around this fire so we can call it contained,” he said.
The fire was reported just before 3:15 p.m. Monday at a mobile home in the 1400 block of Goodenough Road.
Fire crews were able to knock that blaze down, but then the fire quickly spread to adjacent brush and began burning uphill.
The flames, fanned by powerful winds, destroyed two homes and prompted mandatory evacuations for about 84 homes, affecting some 200 people.
Those evacuation orders were lifted as of about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, and homeowners were allowed to return.
About 400 firefighters from Ventura County, L.A. County, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula and Fillmore battled the blaze, aided by three water-dropping helicopters.
The number of personnel involved was expected to be scaled back on Tuesday. Officials said 10 of the 30 engines involved were being sent home.
The winds created some accessibility issues for firefighters on Monday due to toppled trees, downed power lines and debris.
“When it came time for our equipment to head up into the area where the fire was hitting, they had a difficult time getting up there,” Lindberry explained.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported.