At around 6 this morning, a fire ignited near Easy Street and Madera Road in Simi Valley, and, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds, has spread to 1,300 acres and is 0 percent contained. Officials say that during the two-hour period between 8 and 10 a.m. alone the Easy fire, as it’s been named, doubled in size.
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— Ventura County (@CountyVentura) October 30, 2019
Upward of of 6,500 homes are currently threatened by the blaze and mandatory evacuations have been ordered (see map above), but all eyes have been on the Regan Presidential Library, as crews on the ground and in the air have battled to keep the flames at bay. Some outlets report the flames came as close as “a few feet” from the library, but firefighters have been successful in preventing the building from igniting.
According to the L.A. Times, the library—which is situated on a hill—has long been vulnerable to wildfires, although great pains are taken to reduce the risk. According to a library spokeswoman, the Ventura County Fire Department dispatches goats to clear the perimeter of grasses and brush.
“The firefighters on the property said that the fire break really helped them because as the fire was coming up that one hill, all the brush has been cleared, basically,” the spokeswoman said.
“It was darn smart for us to do that,” library executive director John Heubusch said of bringing in the goats.
Meanwhile, the 700-plus-acre Getty fire is still burning on L.A.’s Westside, with 26 percent containment. The mandatory evacuation zone has remained the same since Monday afternoon.
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