Firefighters battle several brush fires in Ventura County
Firefighters in Simi Valley on Thursday evening were battling several brush fires that broke out along the 118 Freeway.
About 100 firefighters from the Los Angeles and Ventura County fire departments were responding to the blazes, which started near Yosemite Avenue and Kuehner Road, officials said.
Fire commanders on the ground had requested air support to help beat back the flames that were burning in grass and light vegetation, the Ventura County Fire Department said.
Three water-dropping helicopters were being dispatched to assist crews on the ground. No other details were immediately available.
[Updated 7:09 p.m.: The blazes were contained after burning about 30 acres, fire officials said.]
— Robert J. Lopez