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Brush fire burns off 101 Freeway in Ventura County, causes traffic nightmare

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Brush fire is seen near the 101 Ventura Freeway near Camarillo.

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A view of the traffic backup on the Ventura Freeway due to the fire.


Firefighters in Ventura County have a brush fire in the Conejo Grade near the 101 Freeway fully contained.

Ventura Fire spokesman Tom Kruschke said the fire did not threaten nearby homes, but it did creat a traffic nightmare along the 101 Freeway.

More than 75 firefighters were on the scene, along with two air tankers. Earlier, Kruschke had said crews were concerned that the steep terrain and high temperatures might slow containment.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Man's body found at scene of early morning brushfire

 8300 W La Tuna Caynon Rd  brushfire

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Brushfire location near 8300 W La Tuna Caynon Rd in Sunland, CA.

A body was found at the scene of a brushfire in the San Fernando Valley near the entrance of the West trail of Santa Monica Conservatory Park, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

Los Angeles Fire Department responders recieved a call at 8300 W La Tuna Caynon Rd just before 3 a.m. Thursday, and the small 20' x 20' Sunland brushfire was quickly extinguished by LAFD personnel.

Arson and homicide investigators arrived at the scene after a man's body was discovered. Officials will try to determine the cause of the fire, and how the body arrived at the location.

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