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UPDATE: Solimar Fire 75% Contained

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Courtesy: Christina Lopez Courtesy: Christina Lopez
Courtesy: Ventura Co. Air Unit @VCAirUnit Courtesy: Ventura Co. Air Unit @VCAirUnit
Courtesy: Santa Barbara Co. Fire Dept. Courtesy: Santa Barbara Co. Fire Dept.
Saturday fire map provided by Ventura Co. Fire Dept.  Red line indicates fire perimeter. Saturday fire map provided by Ventura Co. Fire Dept. Red line indicates fire perimeter.

Acres burned: 1236
Containment: 75%
Cause: downed power lines

UPDATE: 11:01 p.m. 12/27/2015

Fire crews have now contained 75 percent of the Solimar Beach fire in Ventura County.

All evacuation orders have been lifted, including the Emma Wood Camp Ground.

Full control of the fire is expected for Tuesday, December 29.

According to the County of Ventura Emergency Information, crews continue to locate smoldering vegetation near the line so they can extinguish it before it can spread.

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UPDATE: 12:49 p.m. 12/27/2015

The Ventura County Fire personnel continue working on the brush fire in the Solimar Beach Area. 

The fire is now 70 percent contained. 

According to the County of Ventura Emergency Information, there were two flare ups on Saturday night. One of the fires was inside the burning area and did not threaten the containment line. However, the second spot fire was outside the line. The fire was caused by strong winds but crews were able to extinguish it. 

The Emma Wood Camp Ground in Ventura remains closed.

The Red Cross Shelter has been deactivated. 

Related links:
County of Ventura Emergency Information

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Highway 101 through Ventura County was reopened Saturday afternoon after a fast-moving brush fire caused its closure overnight.

The highway was closed between Highways 33 and 150 for hours when flames from the Solimar Fire crossed the lanes of the freeway. 

Caltrans crews were on scene throughout the morning to assess the damage to the freeway median and guardrails. Fire officials said multiple motorists were stranded on the highway because of the flames and many had to make U-turns on the highway.

Three railroad ties were burned during the fire and railway traffic was also halted for some time.
 
Ventura County Fire says the blaze near Solimar Beach has burned more than 1,250 acres. Approximately 30 homes are threatened and a mandatory evacuation order is in place for Solimar Beach. A voluntary evacuation is in effect for Faria Beach and Emma Wood State Park. Those evacuation orders are expected to be lifted at 5:00 p.m.

A Red Cross shelter is open at the Carpinteria Veterans Memorial Building, located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria.

Ventura County Fire officials say the fire is being pushed by a strong northwest wind and poses a threat to oil, gas, power and rail infrastructure, but there has been no major infrastructure damage at this point and no structures have burned.

Six-hundred firefighters are at the scene or en route to the fire as of Saturday morning. Fire officials say all available fixed-wing aircraft in Southern California has been called to assist.

Several crews from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are assisting in the firefighting efforts, including five engines, one strike team, two OES engines, a water tender and a helicopter from Santa Barbara County, and 30 personnel from San Luis Obispo County, which includes eight engines, two hand crews, and two bulldozers.

One firefighter suffered a minor ankle injury.

Ventura County Fire Engineer Rich Macklin said the cause of the fire was downed power lines. The lines were private lines on an oil lease property. 

Fire officials say the fire started in the high country and was pushed by strong offshore winds. They say winds will continue to be a concern for firefighters throughout the day. 

As of 10:00 a.m., containment was estimated at less than 10 percent. Firefighters are expected to be at the scene for at least three days working to maintain control.

Related links:
County of Ventura Emergency Information

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