LA County

Brush Fire Contained Near Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks Hours Before Red Flag Warning in Effect

Firefighters watched hot spots overnight after a brush fire ripped through the Simi Valley area Wednesday, burning more than 30 acres just ahead of a red flag warning. 

The "head" of the blaze was put out in the so-called Banister Fire at 7:10 p.m., according to a tweet by Ventura County Fire. Residents said the smoke could be smelled all the way from Westlake Village. 

The fire was fully contained by the evening. No structures were threatened, and no homes were evacuated. 

Firefighters responded to the blaze that was reported at 5:30 p.m.

It was near the intersection of Avenue De Los Abolos and Westlake Boulevard. LA County Fire battled the blaze with the help of Cal Fire, but authorities were had trouble getting access to put out the flames.Winds proved slightly troublesome, coming in from the north and east.

NBC4 Meteorologist Crystal Egger reported warm, dry winds were expected through Saturday, posing a fire danger. 

Fire officials warned fire season is still active despite cooler weather.

"We know we're going to have some fire weather coming into the area," Capt. Scott Dettorre of Ventura County Fire said.

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