Firefighters and equipment were deployed about 1200 PT into the Box Canyon between the City of Simi Valley and Chatsworth, California for a brush fire that started in the area on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The brush fire is named the SHIRLEY FIRE.  It is approximately a 20×20 spot under some oak trees and brush.  Hose lines were quickly deployed and direct attack on the fire is being made.  The fire is moving into rocky areas where access has been deemed difficult to reach.

Incident Cooperators are:  VCFD, LAFD, LAcoFD and CHP.

ROAD CLOSURES –> Box Canyon Road and Shirley Drive.

Homes are threatened but no evacuations are currently under way.

Winds are light but is causing the fire to be moved by them.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/31/2020 1238 PT


Update 2 | California | SR 126 Shutdown due to Major Fire

UPDATE 2 | 2235 hours PST

We are alternating eastbound and westbound traffic through the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes will be blocked to allow for safe clean up. Expect delays. Traffic is flowing slowly.

UPDATE 1 | 2145 Hours PST

The California Highway Patrol – Moorpark Division has shutdown both directions of SR 126, about three miles west of the Los Angeles County line.

Ventura County Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire inside a semi-truck cab that had been stopped on the highway.

Photo Credit | CHP Moorpark


There have been no injuries reported to the driver, others or fire crews.


(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog 

California | SR 126 Shutdown due to Major Fire | 1

The California Highway Patrol – Moorpark Division has shutdown both directions of SR 126, about three miles west of the Los Angeles County line.

Ventura County Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire inside a semi-truck cab that had been stopped on the highway.

Photo Credit | CHP Moorpark


There have been no injuries reported to the driver, others or fire crews.

CHP expects the roadway to be reopened in the next 45 minutes (or 2215 hours PST).

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2020 @ 2145 hours PST

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 2


A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and about one mile south of Santa Paula (Ventura County), California.

Fire was reported as originating on October 31st at 1815 hours PDT. The cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters are briefed prior to beginning work on their shift this morning. Photo Credit | VCFD PIO


Currently, the fire has destroyed 9,412 acres of brush and short grass.  Crews have gained a 30% containment status.

Fire management is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Sheriff Office, along with CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo Unit.

There are 1,579 fire personnel along with 262 fire engines, seven water tenders, six helicopters, 35 hand crews, four other crews and 10 dozers on the fire ground.

Two structures have been destroyed.

Incident Cooperators include, but are not limited to:  VCOES, VC Animal Services, CHP, CA DOC, CAL Resources Corp, SoCAL Gas, United Water and SoCAL Edison. Red Cross.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – 2150 PDT


INCIDENT SUMMARY | A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County.  Firefighters responded this evening around 1814 hours PDT.

CURRENT FIRE WEATHER  The fire is currently being fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds and is quickly moving across several areas prompting evacuations.

Fire weather is getting significantly worse as winds were reported as being prominent in the areas of Wiley Ridge, Happy Camp Canyon and Boney Mountain.

It was said the fire was being spread by sustained winds of 10-25 mph and gusts up to 25-40 mph.  Offshore winds are expected to continue through Friday but remain below RED FLAG criteria that are impacting most locations across the State.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

SIZE UP | As of 2035 hours PDT this evening, the fire has burned 750 acres and there is no containment status at the time of this post.  At 2130 hours, the acreage was upgrade to just under 4,000 acres with an active fire behavior and moving at a fast rate of spread.

FIRE TACTICS | Fire crews are working to keep the fire within the “box” which includes south of the 126 freeway, north of Los Angeles Avenue, East of Vineyard Avenue and West of Balcom Canyon Road.

Copters making water drops and engines getting in place for structure defense were being completed when the brush fire had only been at 150-acres.

Structure protection is currently in full force, as crews work to protect homes. The fire is moving towards this. Slow rate of spread on the Santa Paula side.  Moving westward.

RESOURCES | There are 250 firefighters assigned as ground and air resources.  About 30 engines, three water tenders, three helicopters and two dozers are on-scene in full firefighting suppression mode.

Two additional Orange County copters on order. Priority for retardant early morning on Friday (heel of the fire due to windshift expected).

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | VCFD, Ventura County Emergency Operations Center, Ventura County humanitarian and animal welfare. World Central Kitchen, Culver City FD Strike Team XLA-1075A (3rd consecutive fire/just released from Kincade Fire) along with two Los Angeles County Fire Air Ops copters.


Credit } Culver City FD

UNIFIED COMMAND | Management of this fire is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  Ventura County Fire Department is currently the lead agency.


EVACUATIONS | Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas. ( for evacuation order info).

  • North Boundary – South Mountain Road
  • West Boundary – West Los Angeles Avenue
  • East Boundary – Balcom County Road
  • South Boundary – Highway 118

SHELTERS | Shelters are currently open for small and large animals as well as for people.  Here is a current listing:

  • Camarillo Commuinity Center. 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo. (Opens at 0900 hours)
  • Camarillo Animal Shelter  (Small animals). 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo.
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds (Large animals). 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA.
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds (Large animals). 3400 CAlle Real, San Barbara, CA.
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County (All sizes of animals). 402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA. Open (urgent). Phone # 805-646-6505.

SCHOOL CLOSURES | Mesa Unified School District and Santa Paula Unified School District are closed.  (


Firefighters (VCFD + CAL FIRE) had just mopped up a .25 acre brush fire behind homes in the Coronado Circle in Santa Paula area this evening. #CoronadoFire (VCFD PIO)



“On the northwest side of the fire, some kind of oil facility. Getting involved in the fire. Pilots going to take a look.” – Media

IC reports 150 acres well established on the upper ridge, creeping down both the Somis & Santa Paula sides. Also previously balanced out to a 2nd alarm.” – CA Fire Scanner (1918 hours)

“IC directing all of the inbound engines into the Somis side for structure protection. Fire slowly backing down the Santa Paula side & is a lower priority, will be worked on w/ dozers & crews.” – CA Fire Scanner (1938 hours)

“AA reports oil infrastructure has been directly impacted & putting up a lot of heat, fire now making a significant push down Santa Paula side.” – CA Fire Scanner (2147 PDT)

PHOTO IMAGES | Ventura Co FD PIO, unless otherwise given credit to other sources.

HASHTAGS | #CAWildfires #FireSeason2019 #MariaFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog


The Wildfire Log | Moorpark Fire | CA | 1

MOORPARK, Calif. | Ventura County Firefighters were dispatched this afternoon to a brush fire located in the 4200 block of Hilton Boulevard on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The fire is approximately two acres and burning in light grass.

Four Ventura County FD engines were on-scene and were said to be handling the call successfully.

Limited information available.

#CAwildfires2019  #MoorparkFire #VCFD

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted 6/2/2019 @ 1248 hours PDT

Sherwood Wildfire | Ventura Co CA | July 13 | Update 1


A single acre brush fire turned wildfire is burning SW of Thousand Oaks, near Westlake Village, California.  Multiple fire resources from air and ground are on-scene with the mutual assistance of several agencies.

Fire behavior is very active, spotting across lines on the right flank.


The fire is located approximately SW of Thousand Oaks (CA), near Westlake Village.


1512 Hours (3:12pm)

VCFD responded to a brush fire, reportedly as a single acre with light to medium brush and light winds.

1612 Hours (4:12pm)

Many resources were called in bringing in 233 Firefighters on the fire ground fighting fire, while others were en route.  In transit were 4 Air Tankers, 12 handcrews, 16 engines, 2 dozers and 2 copters.

Reports of those on Social Media stated smoke could be seen in the largest portion of the East Ventura County.

1645 Hours (4:45pm)

Mutual aid resources from VCFD, Ventura County Sheriffs Office (VCSO) and Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) were either on – scene or en route to the incident.

1745 Hours (5:45pm)

The first tankers were reportedly on-scene along with additional resources – COPT15 and BC44 (LACoFD) responding.  One user tweeted there were two CALFire S-2Ts flying over the fire assisting.   A VCFD strike team was also said to be on the way.

1807 Hours (6:07pm)

Fire crews were attacking the South side of the fire.  There was low intensity near structures as it was commended to those for keeping a defensible space around their homes.  Good progress was being made from air resources.

1836 Hours (6:36pm)

A web cam shows a strong inversion keeping the area socked by smoke from this wildfire.

A webcam shows the area of Westlake Village. (Credit: CALTrans)

1850 Hours (6:50pm)

The Incident Coooperators for wildfire are the VCFD, VCSO, Red Cross Ventura, CALFire and Ventura County Animal Services.

1855 Hours (6:55pm)

Per VCFD’s PIO states there are 4 helicopters; 2 LA Co FD and 2 from VCFD along 2 fixed wing Airtankers on scene.  There is a DC10 en route.  They do not expect any homes to be damaged.  There is currently 0% containment at this time but fire crews are making good progress.

1920 Hours (7:20pm)

The fire has now scorched 78 acres and is still at a zero containment.  No word on the cause is known.


VCFD is asking that all drivers and those in nearby to avoid the Potrero Road area due to a road closure between Westlake Blvd and Lake Sherwood Drive (road closed).  Emergency vehicles are only allowed in the area.


We are using the following Hashtags for this:  #SherwoodFire #CaWildfires2016 #USWildfiresCA

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