Wildfires burn in Southern California: Crews battle blaze along Ventura Co. Freeway

CSU campus, homes evacuated

CAMARILLO, Calif - A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds has forced the evacuation of homes and a university about 50 miles west of Los Angeles.

The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 in the Camarillo area. It was quickly spread by the winds.

The evacuation orders included the smoke-choked campus of California State University, Channel Islands, attended by about 5,000 students.

The Ventura County Fire Department says some 6,500 acres were charred, with no containment. A cluster of RVs in a parking lot was destroyed.

More than 500 firefighters from multiple agencies are getting help from aircraft dropping water and retardant.

About 100 miles to the east, two homes, a number of outbuildings and several vehicles were destroyed, and two other homes were damaged in a 5-acre grass fire in Jurupa Valley.

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