Small Santa Clara River Valley fires not allowed to spread
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: October 02, 2013
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula Times
Several fires were reported throughout Ventura County on breezy Saturday including an incident near Santa Paula that officials suspect was caused by a single-vehicle accident.
According to the California Highway Patrol a vehicle crash was reported September 28 about 2:10 p.m. near South Mountain and Balcom Canyon roads, southeast of Santa Paula.
Upon arrival the CHP found that a sedan crashed into a power pole, and shortly thereafter a quarter-acre brush fire was reported in the area.
The fire spread to a nearby hillside but appeared to be extinguished by fire crews at about 2:45 p.m.
No one was injured in the crash, and a tow truck was called to the scene, to remove the heavily damaged vehicle.
The CHP said it was possible but not confirmed that the power pole crash started the brush fire.
There was a second fire in the Santa Clara River Valley Saturday reported at the base of power pole in the Bardsdale Avenue area just south of Fillmore.
When Fillmore Fire Department personnel arrived on scene just minutes after the reported incident they found a small fire under a power pole that they reported extinguished by about 5:20 p.m.
Southern California Edison was notified of the fire and SCE crews responded to the scene.
The CHP closed Highway 23 in both directions near Bardsdale Avenue for about 40 minutes to allow crews access.