Published Nov 8, 2018 at 4:51 PM | Updated at 7:33 AM PST on Nov 11, 2018
A brush fire burning Thursday afternoon quickly scorched thousands of acres in Ventura County, forcing mandatory evacuations and a closure of the 101 Freeway.
The brush fire ignited on Nov. 8 shortly after 2 p.m. in the area of Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley.
Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts. Through Nov. 4, Cal Fire has reported about 5,600 fires that burned more than 621,700 acres. During that same period last year, the agency reported 5,800 fire that burned 316,600 acres. Over the last five years, California has averaged 5,293 fires that burned 231,400 acres during that interval.
Below, a look at the Hill Fire in photos.