Ventura County Fire Now 40 Percent Contained

September 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of firefighters from the Valley continue their battle on the front lines of the massive wildfire burning in Ventura County.At daybreak Thursday morning, crews in Ventura County assaulted a wildfire with heavy air attacks.

Firefighters, including 417 from the Valley, are focusing on the fire's eastern and western flanks just north of Moorpark, about 40-miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

The blaze has scorched more than 25-square miles of bone-dry brush and threatens dozens of homes, multi-million dollar agriculture land and oil production fields. Crews are also keeping an eye on five big electrical transmission lines that supply Ventura and Santa Barbara with electricity.

A red flag warning of extreme fire danger remains in effect because of hot, dry weather but gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to ease a little today.

As of late Thursday morning the fire was 40 percent contained. Firefighters expect to have full containment by Saturday.

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