Brush Fire in Simi Valley Forces Metrolink to Shut Down

The blaze was burning uphill, away from apartment buildings

Fire crews stopped the spread of a 50-acre brush fire burning in Simi Valley Thursday afternoon, about an hour after the blaze forced Metrolink to shutdown service in the area.

Dubbed the Hidden Fire, the blaze was consuming brush in the hills near Los Angeles Avenue and Stearns Street (map), according to a post on the Ventura County Fire Department’s website that announced the fire at 4:22 p.m.

Firefighters have managed to stop the blaze from spreading and containment is at 30 percent, according to an update from the fire department posted at 5:42 p.m.

The fire had consumed about 30 acres by 5 p.m.and grew to scorch some 50 acres within 90 minutes.

More than 150 firefighters were on scene, and two water-dropping helicopters were working the fire, as were two fixed-wing aircraft.

Metrolink had shut down service between Chatsworth and Moorpark stations due to the fire, the agency said in a tweet. The service was reopened just before 5:30 p.m., but delays were expected. The fire department said trains would roll through at 5 mph.

Aerial footage showed the fire burning near what appeared to be a residential development in the 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue. The flames were moving uphill, away from the structures.


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