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Vehicle crash sparks brush fire in Simi Valley

A brush fire broke out next to the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley after a vehicle went over the side of the road on Friday morning, August 14, 2015.
A brush fire broke out next to the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley after a vehicle went over the side of the road on Friday morning, August 14, 2015.
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A small brush fire apparently ignited by a vehicle that flew off the State Route 118 freeway in eastern Ventura County has died down, and firefighters have rescued the motorist.

The fire erupted shortly before dawn Friday, drawing firefighters and water-dropping helicopters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties to the rugged, brushy area between Simi Valley and Los Angeles.

Ventura County fire Capt. Scott Dettorre says crews have gotten a handle on the blaze, which was initially estimated at 15 acres but is likely smaller.

A Los Angeles County fire helicopter hoisted the injured motorist from a canyon far below the freeway and flew to a hospital. There's no immediate information on the victim's condition or how the accident occurred.

This story has been updated.