Hidden Valley Residents Scramble to Protect Their Homes and Animals

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Hidden Valley, Calif. (KTLA) – Residents near the massive Springs Fire burning in Ventura County face the difficult decision of whether to leave the area or stay put.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in place for Yerba Buena Road and Deer Creek Road, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. However, some residents have refused to leave.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation shelter at Calvary Chapel Camarillo, 380 Mobil Ave.

Other centers have also been organized at Thousand Oaks Community Park and Malibu High School, located at 30215 Morning View Drive.

With many ranches in the area, large animals can be taken to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Smaller animals such as dogs and cats, can be housed at Camp Bow Wow in Agoura Hills free of charge.

The Springs Fire has damaged 15 homes, five commercial properties and destroyed 25 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.

As of Saturday afternoon, the fire was 30 percent contained, fire officials said.  They expect full containment by late Monday.

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