Firefighters making progress on Simi Valley brush fire

A fire burned in Simi Valley on Thursday, June 6, 2013.
A fire burned in Simi Valley on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

Firefighters in Simi Valley are making good progress on a 43-acre brush fire that started shortly before 4 p.m.

The fire is burning on a hillside near Hidden Ranch Drive. Ventura Fire Department spokesman Bill Nash says the fire is 30 percent contained. 

"The good news is we've stopped the forward spread of the fire," Nash said. "And so we expect that containment to catch up very quickly now that the firefighters aren't having to chase the fire anymore."

At one point four air tankers and two helicopters were called in to help fight the fire. All but one helicopter have been released, though about 150 firefighters are still on the ground, Nash said.

Nearby homes are in no immediate threat, but fire crews continue to protect them, according to Nash.

Metrolink trains are being allowed to go through Simi Valley, but at a reduced speed. Earlier, Metrolink shut down the Simi Valley station and trains were not able to get through.

No word yet on what sparked the fire. 

With contributions by Brian Frank

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