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Fire breaks out near 101 Freeway in Thousand Oaks

September 27, 2010 |  2:58 pm


On a day of record-setting heat, a small brush fire broke out Monday in Thousand Oaks, prompting a major response from firefighters.

According to the Ventura County Fire Department, the fire broke out off the 101 Freeway near Hampshire Road after 2 p.m. The blaze, burning in brush-covered hills, is not currently threatening homes.

Footage from KCAL-TV Channel 9 shows smoke surrounding a water storage facility and industrial complex but not close to homes. It appears, however, that some residents were leaving the area.

Water-dropping helicopters and hand crews were fighting the blaze.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: A Ventura County firefighter retreats from advancing flames along Conejo Ridge Rd. in Thousand Oaks amid record setting heat Monday September 27 2010. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times