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Briggs Fire: Crews battle fire in Santa Paula area of Ventura County

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Posted at 7:02 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 11:49:11-05

(KGTV) - Firefighters responded to a wildfire that erupted in the Santa Paula area of Ventura County Thursday morning -- the third fire to ignite in the county since last week.

The so-called Briggs Fire was first reported just before 2 a.m. in an area near Briggs Road, according to Ventura County Fire Department officials. Smoke from the fire was visible from Santa Paula, Camarillo and Ventura.

Officials said the fire was burning uphill and mostly fuel-driven due to low wind activity. The blaze was burning on South Mountain, just south of Highway 126.

As of 8:45 a.m., officials said the fire has burned between 75-100 acres, but crews were making progress in the firefight with the help of water-dropping helicopters.

Fire officials said air tankers were expected to join the firefighting effort later in the morning.

There is no immediate word on potential structure threat.

The Briggs Fire comes as crews continue to fight the devastating Woolsey Fire and contain the Hill Fire. Both fires erupted on Nov. 8 -- hours after a mass shooting took place at a bar in the Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks.