FILLMORE, Calif. - A wildfire in Ventura County has swept through an orchard and is bearing down on a neighborhood in Fillmore, where at least one home has already burned and dozens have been evacuated.
County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery says firefighters are trying to get ahead of the 50-acre blaze that is being pushed by wind gusts of up to 35 mph Monday. Flames were approaching a small housing development, and TV news footage showed one home and another small structure burning.
The Sheriff's Department says evacuation orders have been issued for 84 homes and more than 200 people.
Lindbery urged residents of northern Fillmore, a city of 15,000, to collect valuables and prepare to evacuate.
The blaze began as a mobile home fire at about 4:30 p.m., then spread to brush.