Evacuations Ordered as Brush Fire Threatens 100 Homes

A fire broke out in the Ventura County city just before 5 p.m.

By Jason Kandel
|  Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 6:04 AM PDT
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Residents were ordered to evacuate after a brush fire broke out in Fillmore. Robert Kovacik and Beverly White report for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013.

Residents were ordered to evacuate after a brush fire broke out in Fillmore. Robert Kovacik and Beverly White report for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013.

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Residents in Fillmore were ordered on Monday night to evacuate their homes as a 170-acre brush fire threatened 100 homes amid high winds that toppled trees and knocked down power lines across Southern California.

Updated Article: Firefighters "Get a Handle" on Fire

The fire broke out along a hillside before 5 p.m. near 1280 Goodenough Road.

Two homes were confirmed destroyed.

Some 400 firefighters from several agencies fought the fire into the night Monday.

Fillmore Mayor Pro Tem Manuel Minjares told NBC4 News his family evacuated to another home in the area.

"A couple years back we had some pretty bad fires, but nothing that came close to homes like this," he said. "This is pretty significant.”

Judi Ortiz said she could see smoke and flames from the Chevron gas station where she works, about 1.5 miles away from the fire.

“I can see flames and some smoke and helicopters coming in and dropping off their water,” she said. “You couldn’t see anything at the beginning but smoke.

“It’s horrific. “

Evacuations have been ordered for the following neighborhoods:

  • Teitsord Road
  • Foothill Drive
  • Island View Street
  • Arundell Circle
  • 4th Street
  • Morris Road
  • Hunter Lane

Officials have set up an evacuation center at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, at 511 Second Street.

Ryan Bourgard and Keith Esparros contributed to this report.
 


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