SIMI VALLEY ( — Firefighters battled a 40-acre grass fire in Simi Valley Thursday afternoon.

The blaze erupted behind the Metrolink station in the 5000 block of East Los Angeles Avenue around 4 p.m.


Mike Lindberry of the Ventura County Fire Department said crews were first called to the scene after hearing reports of apartment homes being threatened in the area.

The wind, however, helped the blaze work its way away from the structures, according to Sky2’s Stu Mundel.

Around 120 firefighters, 14 fire engines, two water-dropping helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft were utilized in the effort to contain the fire.

Metrolink operations were shut down due to the flames until about 6 p.m.

“About 4:15 p.m., the Ventura County Fire Department asked that we suspend services between our Chatsworth and Moorpark stations. We do have a train, 115, sitting at the Chatsworth station. We are in the process of setting up a bus bridge, where we bring buses in on either side of the incident, so we can bring our passengers around the (fire),” said Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten.

There were no reports of damages or injuries.

No evacuations were ordered.