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Guiberson Fire 10% Contained, Moving Further Into Moorpark

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View Guiberson Fire (Ventura County), Sept. 22, 2009 in a larger map

This morning the Guiberson Fire, which began late morning yesterday in Fillmore, north of Moorpark over the Santa Susana Mountains, has scorched 9,600 acres and is 10% contained, according to a live broadcast on KTLA. The fire is described as having two branches, the first of which is in the direction of Moorpark College, and the second burning in Happy Camp Canyon.

Fire crews are working diligently to combat the blaze, and despite the Santa Ana wind conditions have been so far successful at keeping the fire from moving too rapidly as well as protecting lives and property. Further, "firefighters also said the brush in the Moorpark hills is much lower than what they normally see, in part because they've had a couple of big fires in the area over the past few years. The low grass can burn quickly, but it does not burn nearly as hot," according to abc7.

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Yesterday Governor Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency in Ventura County. Today many areas remain under recommended evacuation and several area schools and colleges are closed (Moorpark College, Campus Canyon Elementary, and Walnut Canyon Elementary).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however preliminary findings suggest the blaze may have been the result of spontaneous manure combustion.