A 3-acre brush fire that threatened Camarillo homes before firefighters gained control of it Sunday highlights the dangers gusty Santa Ana winds were expected to pose overnight and into Monday, a fire official said.
Firefighters first responded to a structure being threatened in the 1400 block of Avenida De Aprisa around 8:17 p.m., according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
Someone had reported a home’s wood deck was on fire, Division Chief Ted Smith said.
The report turned out not to be true, and “aggressive” fire tactics were used to gain control of the 3-acre blaze, he said.
Gusts during the firefight reached at least 30 mph, according to the Fire Department, but could get up to 70 mph overnight.
The fire burned near the Spanish Hills County Club and about a mile from the 101 Freeway, Google Maps showed.
A red flag warning was issued by the National Weather Service Sunday and was scheduled to expire Monday at 6 p.m.
It warned of strong Santa Ana winds, with gusts reaching 60 to 70 mph across Ventura and Los Angeles counties mountain areas.
High winds paired with low humidity made for “critical fire weather conditions” across both counties, the weather service stated.
Firefighters planned to remain in the Camarillo area overnight in case of flare ups, fire officials said.