Guiberson Fire in Ventura County: 0% Containment, 6,000 Acres
The Guiberson Fire began around 10:30 a.m. this morning in Fillmore, north of Moorpark over the Santa Susana Mountains. Fueled by red flag weather and Santa Ana winds, the blaze quickly consumed at least 6,000 acres, prompting a number of evacuations and around 400 firefighters to respond, two of which that have suffered injuries. So far, it is zero percent contained. Most evacuations have taken place in and near Moorpark, clustered along Highway 23. "We hate taking people out of their houses if they dont have to go, but we want them to be safe," said Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire Department. At least one evacuation was ordered west of Fillmore.
Although the Sheriff's Department earlier today said the cause of the fire was spontaneous manure combustion on a ranch, Nash was still hesitant to announce that as the cause.
There is a major concern in the Fillmore area, where the fire began and is home to a large agricultural community. So far, there are no reports of the avocado and lemon farms being damaged.