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Governor declares Ventura County a disaster area in wake of wildfire

September 22, 2009 | 11:26 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today proclaimed a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the Guiberson fire that has burned more than 8,500 acres and was only 10% contained late Tuesday night.

The fire threatens hundreds of homes and other structures, has triggered mandatory evacuations and prompted the opening of emergency shelters.

At least three firefighters have been injured while fighting the blaze.

In the rural area near Moorpark, evacuations have been lifted for neighborhoods south of Broadway Road. In the Fillmore area, evacuations north of Guiberson Road were also lifted.

Fire officials remained concerned about the spread of the fire’s east and west flank.

-- Ruben Vives