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Brushfire Creates Traffic Safety Issues On Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County During Morning Commute

Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 11:52am

A small brush fire in a remote area of the Ventura River bottom area this morning created visibility issues on a section of the nearby 101 Freeway.

The blaze was discovered at around 6 a.m., near the West Main Street-Ventura River crossing.  Firefighters had a hard time getting to the small blaze because of the rugged terrain, but were able to contain it in about a half hour.  The fire put up smoke which created concerns about visibility for motorists, so the CHP temporarily provided escorts over the 101 Freeway bridge over the river.

By 8 a.m., the freeway had returned to normal.

Ventura Fire investigators say a warming fire used by some homeless people camped in the riverbottom area triggered the roughly quarter of an acre blaze.

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