Valley Firefighters Help with Ventura Fire

September 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters in Southern California continue to struggle with a wildfire burning in Ventura County.Hot and windy conditions are making it hard for firefighters to get the upper hand on the fire. It's burned 9,700 acres so far and more than 1,000 homes are threatened.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in an area north of Moorpark well as the Meridian Hills area. The fire is now 20 percent contained.

Firefighters from across the Valley are helping to fight the fire burning in Ventura County.

A strike team of five engines from the Madera- Mariposa Cal Fire unit were dispatched Tuesday night. The crew of 20 firefighters met up at Klein's truck stop in Northwest Fresno before hitting the freeway.

Five Fresno County Cal Fire engines are already there. Another five left early Wednesday morning.

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