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A brush fire that abruptly started in West Ventura near Highway 33 prompted the evacuation of a Rehab Center on Tuesday afternoon, October 24. The “School,” called Teenage Challenge, was evacuated in the case that there was a potential threat to the school from the fire, according to ABC7.
According to Ventura County fire officials, there was a potential threat to the town of Casitas Pass. Highway 33 Northbound and Southbound were respectively closed at Casitas Vista and Sulfur Mountain, according to ABC7.
Authorities said that firefighters were responding to the scene as immediately and as fast as possible. The blaze located at North Ventura Avenue and Highway 33 is currently moving upwards of the Ventura hills with gusts of wind affecting the fire. Authorities are urging all drivers to use alternative routes in and out of the Ojai Valley, according to KTLA5.
The fast moving fire has already burned 150 acres along the hills of Northern Ventura. An estimated 150 firefighters have been battling the blazes as helicopters and air tankers dropped water and retardant on the flames, according to VC STAR.
“Precautions were taken place this week to ensure on such swift attack by The Ventura County Fire Department as well as other agencies,” said department Captain Stan Ziegler. “We were prepared for just an event like this with additional resources to respond,” Ziegler said by phone in route to the blaze. “We expect a quick knockdown and quick containment,” reported VC STAR.