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Easy Fire: Evacuations ordered as blaze erupts in Simi Valley

Posted: 7:08 AM, Oct 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-30 20:57:49-04
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(KGTV) -- A brush fire erupted along a hillside in Simi Valley Wednesday morning amid dangerous fire weather conditions, forcing mandatory evacuations of nearby homes and the Reagan Presidential Library.

The blaze, dubbed the Easy Fire, broke out shortly after 6 a.m. in an area near West Los Angeles Avenue, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials.

As of 6 a.m., officials said the fire has burned 1,300 acres and is threatening about 6,500 homes. The fire is at zero percent containment as of 6 p.m.

Officials said over 20,000 residents are under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. See a complete list of evacuation zones.

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The fire's proximity to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (40 Presidential Dr.) prompted the evacuation of the facility.

Library spokeswoman Melissa Giller told the Associated Press that the hilltop museum iwas not damaged. She said that the flames came within about 30 yards of the property but that it was protected by aircraft dropping water and by a firebreak, or a buffer zone cleared of brush.

Hundreds of goats are brought in each year to eat away vegetation that could fuel wildfires on the 300-acre grounds, Giller told AP. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, are buried next to each other on a hillside at the library.


Moorpark College, California Lutheran University, Oxnard College, Ventura College, and Cal State University Channel Islands were closed due to the fire. Schools in several Ventura County districts already canceled classes on Wednesday in light of weather conditions and potential power shutoffs. Click here to view the full list of school closures .

Updated information on the Easy Fire can be found at http://www.vcemergency.com .