Simi Valley fire: New blaze breaks out along 118 Freeway in Santa Susana Pass

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- A new brush fire sparked along the 118 Freeway in the Santa Susana Pass Monday, scorching approximately 186 acres before firefighters got the flames under control.

Firefighters from Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded to the blaze, with aerial units dropping water on the freeway as the flames drew close to passing vehicles.

The California Highway Patrol's Moorpark division tweeted that there was a full closure of the eastbound 118 Freeway at Yosemite Avenue, urging motorists to use the 126 Freeway or the 101 Freeway as an alternate route.

Eastbound lanes of the 118 Freeway were later reopened. Westbound lanes of the 118 at Topanga Canyon were closed in the immediate wake of the fire, but reopened around 12:30 p.m.

Fire officials ultimately sized up the fire, dubbed the "Peak Fire," at approximately 186 acres. The blaze was situated outside the Woolsey Fire zone and ran uphill off the 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak Road before the flames were extinguished, according to authorities.

SoCal Edison temporarily shut off power for Moorpark residents north of Broadway and also portions of Moorpark Country Club Estates, citing public safety, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

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