FILLMORE ( — A 148-acre brush fire burning in Fillmore was fully contained by midday Tuesday, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Evacuation orders for more than 170 homeowners were lifted just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The brush fire initially began at a mobile home around 3 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Goodenough Road, according to Mike Lindberry of the VCFD.

While firefighters were able to extinguish the initial blaze, the flames spread to nearby brush and citrus groves due to 30 to 40 mph winds.

“The fire jumped up across the road on Goodenough Road and then the fire jumped up on the palm tree. Then whatever fell from the palm tree, other fires started. The winds have been so vicious, it’s the first time I’ve seen it this bad,” witness and resident Joe Diaz said.

Two homes, a trailer and at least one vehicle have been destroyed.

The Red Cross opened a shelter for residents at Veterans Memorial Building, 511 Second Street, in Fillmore.

One aircraft and more than 400 personnel from several different agencies, including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, have been called in to help with the effort.

No injuries were reported.


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