Hill Fire & Woolsey Fire Map: Evacuations, Location & Size of Camarillo & Ventura County Fires


Stephanie Dube Dwilson....

On a day when a fire cropped up this morning in Butte County and quickly grew to 8,000 acres, firefighting resources in California have also had to focus on a number of other fires. Two of these cropped up this afternoon in Ventura County. One is the Hill Fire, which has grown rapidly to somewhere between 8,000 and 10,000 acres, and is near Camarillo Springs. The other is the Woolsey Fire which is smaller, but might pose problems if not quickly contained. High winds have helped today’s fires grow fast in the California region.


Hill Fire  Size &  Evacuations

The Hill Fire is the largest of the two Ventura County fires, and it’s the one that has led to mandatory evacuations in the region. This fire was first reported at 2:03 p.m. at Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa roads. It’s west of Simi Valley and east of Camarillo, and possibly headed to 101/Camarillo Springs.

It quickly grew to 100 acres, with the help of 20 to 25 mph winds, VC Star reported. The fire was reportedly moving toward the Conejo Grade and possibly the CSU Channel Islands, VC Star reported. The fire has since grown to 10,000 acres, according to CAL FIRE as of 7:49 p.m. The fire was first reported at 2:03 p.m.

As of Thursday night, mandatory evacuations have been issued for:

  • Point Magu Naval Base
  • Camarillo Springs (all areas)
  • Vallecito Trailer Park (all areas)
  • Callifornia State University Channel Islands (all areas)
  • Dos Vientos (the entire region)
  • Areas on the south coast outlined on VCEmergency.com’s map.

Here are more details on the mandatory evacuations:

You can get emergency alerts about Ventura County by texting VCALERT to 313131 or visiting vcalert.org. You can also call 805-465-6650 or visit VCEmergency.com for the latest updates.

You can watch a live Facebook feed of the Hill Fire below:

The fire grew to nearly 10,000 acres in just a couple hours.

Somewhere between 3,000 to 5,000 strucrures are threatened by the fire, which is burning in an area similar to the 2013 Springs Fire.

Highway 101 has been closed between Borchard and Pleasant Valley roads. Crews said the fire may be burning behind the Dos Vientos area of Newbury Park, moving toward CSUCI. Portrero Road/Long Grade was also closed.

Evacuation centers for this and the Woolsey Fire include:

  • Pierce College is open for evacuations of large animals. (@CHPWestValley)
  • The Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley is an evacuation center, but it is not accepting animals. (@VCFD_PIO)
  • Borchard Community Center is a Red Cross Shelter for Woolsey and the Hill Fire (190 Reino Road in Newbury Park) (accepting small animals, N-95 masks available)
  • Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Weast Burnley St. in Camarillo, CA is a Red Cross shelter.  This shelter is accepting small animals and has N-95 masks available.

Animal shelters include:

  • Ventura County Fair Grounds – 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001
    • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
    • Accepting large animals.
  • Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)
    • Los Angeles County Animal Services
    • Accepting large animals.
  • Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010
    • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
    • Accepting small animals

Remember, you can get emergency alerts about Ventura County by texting VCALERT to 313131 or visiting vcalert.org.


Woolsey Fire Size & Evacuations

The Woolsey Fire is a “smaller” fire in Simi Valley near the Rocketdyne facility in Santa Susana Pass, ABC 7 reported. The Woolsey Fire had grown to 2,000 acres by 7:51 p.m., according to CAL FIRE.

The Woolsey Fire is close enough that you can see it in arial photos of the Hill Fire:

Some evacuations have been ordered for the fire. Here is an evacuation map for the city of Calabasas.

Some evacuation areas and road closures include:

  • North of the 101 Freeway from Valley Circle to Lindero Canyon (@CHPWestValley)
  • US 101 is closed in both directions for an unknown duration. (@CHPWestValley)

Evacuation centers include:

  • Pierce College is open for evacuations of large animals. (@CHPWestValley)
  • The Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley is an evacuation center, but it is not accepting animals. (@VCFD_PIO)
  • Borchard Community Center is a Red Cross Shelter for Woolsey and the Hill Fire (190 Reino Road in Newbury Park)
  • Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Weast Burnley St. in Camarillo, CA is a Red Cross shelter. This shelter is accepting small animals.

Some sources for staying updated on this fire include @CHPWestValley and @VCFD_PIO.

Sadly, these fires are near the Thousands Oaks area that just endured a mass shooting earlier today.

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