South Mountain Fire Chars 3,000 Acres

Following an intense blaze triggered by strong winds on Nov. 9 in the South Mountain area between Somis and Santa Paula, leading to several evacuations, officials confirmed Tuesday that the fire was completely contained.

Dubbed the South fire, it charred approximately 2,715 acres before containment.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no injuries were reported, according to Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Brian McGrath.

About 600 firefighters, supported by numerous aircraft conducting water and fire-retardant drops, were deployed to tackle the blaze first reported Saturday morning on South Mountain.

Despite mandatory evacuations in Somis, areas west of Santa Paula and the Saticoy Country Club over the weekend, all evacuation orders were lifted by the end of Monday.

McGrath highlighted strategic planning, declining winds and increased humidity aided in containing the fire, which predominantly burned through the footprint of a 2019 fire, avoiding areas of dense vegetation.

Read more on this story at the Moorpark Acorn

Ryan Mason
Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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