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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.


Blow the man down: Wednesday winds to bully LA mountains, desert, I-5 corridor


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Furious winds got the best of 50 power poles overnight in the Antelope Valley. Southern California Edison says it could take days to replace them, however only four Lancaster residents experienced a service interruption, said spokesman Daniel Brady.

The Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley remain in high-wind-warning mode, and the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are on alert through early Thursday morning, says the National Weather Service.

Gusts reached 65 mph on Tuesday in some areas. Forecasters warn that the next round of Wednesday winds may bring even beefier blasts. The strongest blows are expected to bully L.A. mountains and the I-5 corridor. 

NWS urges driver caution in mountain regions, and in desert areas where blowing sand could be an additional issue.