Wildfire breaks out in CA

Firefighters in California now have a grip on a wildfire that had threatened 20 homes near Los Angeles.

BY HEATHER MOYER | THOUSANDS OAKS, Calif. | January 23, 2007


A water-dropping helicopter fills up at Lake Piru before heading back to the Ranch fire.
Credit: P.J. Heller

Firefighters in California now have a grip on a wildfire that had threatened 20 homes near Los Angeles.

The wildfire broke out Monday and quickly spread to threaten at least 20 homes in Thousand Oaks. Steep and rugged terrain made getting the blaze under control a challenge initially. The fire is 15% contained as of Tuesday morning, but the threat to the homes is over for now.

High winds fanned the flames and prompted Red Flag warnings for the area in Ventura County. The winds died down overnight Monday and allowed firefighters to advance.

The Ventura County Fire Department had closed down its fire season January 15, noting that "the forecast weather patterns have reduced the potential for major wildland fires in our area of responsibility."


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