Maria Fire Grows to Nearly 11,000 Acres in Ventura County Hillsides
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Maria Fire Grows to Nearly 11,000 Acres in Ventura County Hillsides

By Jason Kandel

Southern California Edison had re-energized a circuit in the area near where a brush fire broke out Thursday night in the Ventura County hills, minutes before the area erupted in flames, the utility said on Friday night.

The cause of the Maria Fire remains under investigation, but SCE said the reported location of the fire is within its service territory. The utility is required to submit an incident report to the California Public Utilities Commission when its facilities are involved in such incidents.

“While we have no information about the cause of the fire, we notified the California Public Utilities Commission on October 31 that, approximately 13 minutes prior to the fire, SCE began to re-energize a 16kV circuit near the area of the reported location of the fire after it had been de-energized pursuant to SCE’s Public Safety Power Shutoff protocol,” SCE said in a statement. “SCE will cooperate with the appropriate investigative agencies if asked to do so.”

The fire was burning for a second night during a week that saw several destructive fires in the region.

Maria Fire Burns into Second Night

[LA] Maria Fire Burns into Second Night

One Santa Paula family hoses down their home as a precaution against the embers that can travel with the wind. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.(Published Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019)

More than 500 firefighters were battling flames. The fire started about 6:15 p.m. Thursday on South Mountain. It grew to nearly 11,000 acres on Friday and was 0% contained. The winds pushed the fire toward the west as firefighters battled to keep flames away from orchards and farms.

Some 1,800 structures were threatened and three structures were destroyed. Nearly 11,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders. Several roads were closed. A red flag warning, indicating high fire danger, was extended to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Evacuation orders have been lifted for the areas bordered by Bradley and Balcom Canyon roads and Highway 118.

Evacuations remained in place for areas bounded by South Mountain Road, West Los Angeles Avenue, Bradley Road and Highway 118. Evacuations in Santa Paula were in place for the area bounded by Highway 126, East of Campanula Avenue, South 12th Street/South Mountain Road and the Santa Clara River.

A shelter was opened at the Camarillo Community Center located at 1605 Burnley St. Camarillo, CA 93010.

Road Closures:

Maria Fire Burns for Second Night in Ventura County

[LA] Maria Fire Burns for Second Night in Ventura County

The Maria Fire burned for a second night in Ventura County as residents and their animals evacuated. Darsha Philips reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.(Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2019)

  • South Mountain Road between 12th Street and Balcom Canyon 
  • Berylwood Rd. at Aggen Rd. 
  • West La Loma Rd. between Center Rd and Walnut Ave.
  • Price Rd. at E. Los Angeles Ave (Hwy 118)
  • Clubhouse Drive at E. Los Angeles Ave. (Hwy 118)
  • La Vista Ave. at W. Los Angeles Ave. (Hwy 118)

Animal Evacuations

  • Small animals can be accepted for shelter at the Ventura County Animal Service’s Camarillo shelter.
  • Large animals can be taken to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. Ventura, CA 93001, or the Earl Warren Showgrounds at 3400 Calle Real Santa Barbara, CA 93105.