Wildfire Burning in Lockwood Valley

UPDATE: (Sunday, July 12, 2009, 9:40 a.m.)—According to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) personnel, the fire has burned 350 acres, is 35% contained and crews are making good progress. "We expect to have a line drawn around the fire by the end of today and expect to have full containment by July 15," Carol Lester at Chuchupate Ranger Station told The Mountain Enterprise. The fire is on forest lands including the Sespe Wilderness area. According to Ventura County Senior Deputy Ryan Clark, several structures had been threatened, but Ventura County’s Patrol 16 and air support with drops of fire retardant were able to suppress the fire and save the threatened structures.

FRAZIER PARK, Calif. (Saturday, July 11, 2009, 5:15 p.m.)—A wildfire broke out in Lockwood Valley just after 1 p.m. in the Sulfur Springs area. An estimated 100 acres have been burned. The fire jumped Lockwood Valley Road to the north into Dry Canyon, according to personnel at the Ventura County Sheriff’s substation. The northward motion of the fire may have been stopped. The fire is still moving southeast at Sulfur Springs with no estimates available for containment.

Agencies fighting the fire are U.S. Forest Service and Ventura County Fire Department. No injuries have been reported. Homes and outbuildings have been threatened. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

This is part of the July 10, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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