1200-acre brush fire closes a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway near Ventura – Los Angeles Times

A wind-whipped brush fire north of Ventura has scorched 1,200 acres along the coast, continues to threaten dozens of homes and has closed miles of Pacific Coast Highway, authorities said.

The fire began about 11 p.m. Friday and quickly spread, with flames pushed by north winds that reached 50 mph, according to Chief Mark Lorenzen of the Ventura County Fire Department. The fire prompted mandatory evacuations in the Solimar Beach neighborhoods.

Holiday campers were also forced to evacuate nearby campgrounds.

A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Carpinteria Veteran’s Memorial Building, located at 941 Walnut Avenue in Carpinteria, authorities said.

As of Saturday morning, the fire was less than 10% contained. Fire officials expect it will take three days to extinguish the blaze.

So far no structures have been burned and no injuries have been reported, authorities said.

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