Crews Battling Fast-Moving Brush Fire Near Santa Paula Airport

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Ventura County firefighters battle the River fire near Santa Paula Airport. (Credit: Ventura County Fire Department)

Ventura County firefighters Monday were battling a fast-moving brush fire in a riverbed near the Santa Paula Airport.

The blaze, called the River fire, had spread to about 95 acres by 3:15 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Air crews were dropping flame retardant on the fire, which was reported about 1 p.m. in the Santa Clara River, Santa Paula Fire Department spokesman Andy VanSciver said via Periscope.

Fire Department video footage showed thick, black smoke coming from the riverbed. VanSciver said the eastward-moving blaze was being fueled by winds and dry brush.

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