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Simi Valley, Menifee brush fires char dozens of acres

July 9, 2010 |  8:22 pm

Ventura County firefighters were battling a brush fire Friday night in a hilly area on the south side of Simi Valley.

Between 10 and 20 acres of light brush near the intersection of Fitzgerald Road and Sequoia Avenue had been burned by 8 p.m., according to a Ventura County Fire Department dispatcher.

Thirty-eight firefighters and several hand crews were attempting to encircle the blaze, which was reported at 5:57 p.m., the dispatcher said. No homes were being threatened by the fire, which was being pushed by light winds, she said.

The fire was the second brush-fueled blaze Friday in Southern California.

A 20-acre fire that broke out about 1 p.m. in the Menifee area of Riverside County was fully contained by 2:30 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

No structures were damaged by the blaze at Holland Road and Southshore Drive, a mostly flat farming area.

About 50 firefighters were aided by an air tanker and a water-dropping helicopter, authorities said.

-- Bob Pool