Brush fire erupts near Moorpark, burns nearly 50 acres


The blaze broke out near Happy Camp Canyon Road near a housing development, ranching property and a golf course in Moorpark at about 2 a.m., fire officials said. Firefighters had structure protection in place as a cautionary measure, but said no structures were in danger.

Strong winds moved the flames north away from the structures. Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash says there are no open flames remaining within the fire, as firefighters have stopped the forward progress of the wildfire.

As of 4 p.m., the fire was 70 percent contained, with full containment expected by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fire crews remain on line, and the blaze will be monitored by firefighters in two patrol vehicles overnight. The vehicles are equiped with water pumps and tanks and can be used for extinguishment in the event that more hot spots are discovered, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

A wind advisory is in effect for the area until midnight, with gusts as high as 35 mph expected.

No evacuations were ordered for the blaze.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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