Brush fire prompts partial closure of westbound 118 Freeway in Simi Valley

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Firefighters battle a blaze in Simi Valley on April 1, 2021. (KTLA)

Firefighters battle a blaze in Simi Valley on April 1, 2021. (KTLA)

A small brush fire burning along the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley has prompted a partial closure of the highway Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The Madera Fire was reported around 1:05 p.m., about 300 yards from the westbound side of the 118 Freeway near Madera Road, according to preliminary information from the California Highway Patrol.

About 1:50 p.m., the Ventura County Fire Department indicated the fire had burned about 5 to 7 acres and had potential to grow. Forward progress of the blaze stopped at 10.5 acres and crews were expected to remain on scene for a few hours mopping up hotspots.

All westbound lanes of the highway from Madera to Collins Drive were closed, but about 3:45 p.m. one lane was reopened, officials said in an updated tweet.

Light smoke from the fire could be seen “from a distance away,” and motorists were asked to avoid the area, fire officials said in a tweet.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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