John Cádiz Klemack
A brush fire that took hold of the Fillmore area Monday is now fully contained. Firefighters worked in the air and ground to get hold of the wind-driven fire. One family didn't evacuate when the flames inched closer to their home. Instead, they grabbed a water hose and fought the flames in their backyard. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Fillmore for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on April 9, 2013.
A 170-acre wildfire that began on a hillside in the Ventura County community of Fillmore and burned two homes amid strong wind gusts was fully contained by midday Tuesday.
The fire started before 5 p.m. Monday near 1280 Goodenough Road and prompted a 400-firefighter response that continued overnight.
Firefighters were working to quell hotspots as of about noon, and full control of the burned area was expected Wednesday if weather conditions hold. About 160 firefighters were on scene.
All evacuation orders were lifted, and evacuation centers were closed.
"We've had a good night," said Capt. Mike Lindbery, of the Ventura County Fire Department. "It has given us a chance to get in there and get a handle on this thing.
"It burned with high intensity and a lot of energy. We had a few things work for us, and we were able to reduce the losses."
Images from the scene showed the burned area descending a hillside, right up to the backyards of homes that were not damaged.
Part of what Lindbery described as "a very large house" was saved after firefighters entered the burning structure. He estimated that about 50 percent of the home burned.
"We had some firefighters get in there and make a very aggressive interior attack," said Lindberg.
The fire threatened about 100 homes Monday evening and prompted evacuations. The order was lifted early Tuesday morning.
"A couple years back we had some pretty bad fires, but nothing that came close to homes like this," said Fillmore Mayor Pro Tem Manuel Minjares. "This is pretty significant."