Firefighters are now saying a brush fire outside of Fillmore which has gutted at least one home, and heavily damaged a second has grown from early estimates of 50 acres to about 170 acres.
The blaze started at around 4:45 Monday afternoon, on the 1400 block of Goodenough Road, just north of the City of Fillmore.
Firefighters say what they believe started as a structure fire spread to brush, and some vehicles, and eventually a second home.
They had to contend with strong wind, in the 30-35 mile an hour range. It created big problems, blowing hot embers which rapidly spread the fire during its first two hours. However, by 10 p.m. the wind had eased in the Fillmore area.
More than 400 firefighters are now battling the fire, with no word on containment yet.
There were some evacuations, with residents of about 80 homes ordered to leave as a precaution. The American Red Cross set up a shelter for those who are displaced at the Fillmore Veterans Memorial Building, at 511 Second Street in Fillmore.
No injuries have been reported.