SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) – Firefighters were quickly able to contain a 9-acre two-alarm brush fire that broke out in the Tapo Canyon area of Simi Valley Wednesday morning.

The Tapo Fire was reported before 9 a.m. near Tapo Canyon and Los Canyon roads, about three miles north of the 118 Freeway.

The fire initially uphill at a rapid rate, the Ventura County Fire Department reported.  Air tankers and water-dropping helicopters were used to battle the flames, along with about 75 firefighters on the ground. Firefighters made good progress on the blaze and had it fully contained by 11:06 a.m., VCFD said.

No structures were threatened and there were no serious injuries. A firefighter suffered a minor heat-related injury.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene through at least 2 p.m. The public was asked to avoid Tapo Canyon Road, north of Presidio Drive.

The cause of the fire was not known.


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