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More than 400 homes were evacuated in Southern California due to rapid wildfire

Over 400 homes in Ventura County, Southern California, were forced to evacuate do to rapid spreading wildfire east of Santa Paula which was influenced by winds. Powerful winds are pushing the blaze west toward the city along Highway 150, which is shut down. A school was also evacuated.

Fortunately, there are not yet any reports of structures burning or people injured. Firefighters on the scene said flames were moving fast through the area. The blaze had grown from 50 to 100 acres in less than 30 minutes. Evacuation centers were opened at Nordhoff  High School at 1401 Maricopa Highway in Ojai and at the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. The Red Cross said it will have meals, water and hygiene items for families affected by the evacuations.

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Wildfire in Southern California

Road closures were reported at Wheeler Canyon Road at Foothill Road, Highway 150 at Reeves Road; and Highway 150 at Santa Barbara Street. The Ventura Ranch KOA campground near Santa Paula has been evacuated and so have rural homes in the Steckel Park area, said Ventura County Fire Captain Stan Ziegler. This fire is burning in steep terrain with 25 to 30 mph wind. Many helicopters were going to begin making water drops. Humane Society of Ventura County is open and will accept large and small animals from anyone affected by the fire. The shelter is located at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai.

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