A Super Scooper aircraft battles a 40-acre fire east of the Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles, California September 14, 2012. The late afternoon fire broke out just off the 405 Freeway on the mountain side toward Moraga Drive, where homes are located on a cul-de-sac in the hills of Bel-Air with no evacuations, structural damage or injuries occurring, according to local media. (Photo : REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER))
According to numerous reports, hundreds of people have been asked to evacuate from Fillmore, California after a 60-acre brush fire swept through an orchard amid winds that took down trees and power lines.
According to FQ13Fox, over 200 people in 84 homes were ordered to evacuate in an area north of the 900 block of Central Avenue. The Los Angeles Times reports that "the blaze broke out about 4:30 p.m. and burned a mobile home in the 400 block of Goodenough Road. Fire crews were able to knock that blaze down, but then the fire quickly spread to adjacent brush and began burning up hill."
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The reports also noted that the winds ran at approximately 30 mph and left about 18,000 people without power in Los Angeles and nearby cities.
"Our focus right now is life and property," Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindbery told The LA Times in a phone interview.
Dozens of firefighters were helped out by helicopters that repeatedly dropped water on the fire.
"A couple years back we had some pretty bad fires, but nothing that came close to homes like this," Mayor Pro Tem Manuel Minjares told NBC4. "This is pretty significant."
According to NBC Los Angeles, evacuations have been ordered in such areas as Teitsord Road, Foothill Drive, Island View Street, Arundell Circle, 4th Street, Morris Road, and Hunter Lane. The Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building at 511 Second Street has been set up as an evacuation center.