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New fires break out in Southern California as Woolsey, Hill fires continue to burn

Posted at 11:37 AM, Nov 12, 2018

UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) – The Peak Fire is reportedly now 100 percent contained at 186 acres.


UPDATE (2:25 p.m.) – Firefighters say forward progress on the Peak Fire near Simi Valley has been stopped.

The fire broke out Monday and grew to 105 acres. The Ventura County Fire Department says firefighters made great progress and are beginning to mop up.

No mandatory evacuations were ordered, but some people were asked to shelter in place at one point.

Caltrans says two lanes of eastbound 118 are still closed as of 2 p.m.

Gusty Santa Ana winds are rising again in Southern California and firefighters are battling two new wildfires.

Officials say the fires Monday morning west of Los Angeles in the Rocky Peak and Thousand Oaks areas show that the risk of more fires breaking out is high.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen says the Rocky Peak fire is about 20 acres and has forced the shutdown of the Highway 118 freeway.

The blaze is being bombarded with water drops and ground crews are on the scene.

That fire, the Peak Fire, started not far from where the region’s huge Woolsey fire began last Thursday.

The new Thousand Oaks fire, the Lynn Fire, is about 5 acres and Lorenzen believes it will be contained quickly.