Easy Fire in Simi Valley threatens Reagan Library, 6,500 homes

California

A massive fire exploded near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley early Wednesday, threatening thousands of homes and forcing evacuations of residents and animals.

The blaze, dubbed the Easy Fire, erupted around 6:15 a.m. in the hills along Tierra Rejada Road, just north of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

As of 10 a.m. it has burned about 1,300 acres and was threatening 6,500 homes, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The library is “a very big concern for us,” Capt. Brian McGrath said, adding that resources have been deployed to protect the facility.

“It’s a pretty tough situation here,” said the library’s executive director, John Heubusch. “There’s never been fires this close to the library. It’s a place of a national treasure and the flames are licking right up against it.”

He added, “There’s a whole lot of heroes protecting the president’s library.”

Winds are expected to gust 40 to 50 mph in the area, reaching 60 mph at the ridgetops, according to the National Weather Service. Humidities will be very dry throughout the day.

Officials have issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks and surrounding unincorporated areas.

Mandatory evacuation orders

Simi Valley / unincorporated Simi Valley / Moorpark / Thousand Oaks

  • North: Tierra Rejada
  • South: Olsen / Madera Street
  • East: Madera Street
  • West: Highway 23

Moorpark / Thousand Oaks

  • North: Read Road
  • South: Olsen Road
  • East: Highway 23
  • West: Moorpark Road

Santa Rosa / Thousand Oaks

  • North: Santa Rosa Road
  • East: Moorpark Road
  • West: Andalusia Drive

The Fire Department urged residents to check the county’s website to see exact locations.

“Get out, and get out early,” McGrath said.

Voluntary Evacuation Orders

Moorpark / Thousand Oaks

  • North: Tierra Rejada Road
  • South: Santa Rosa Road
  • East: Moorpark Road
  • West: Vista Grande

Thousand Oaks

  • North: East Olsen Road
  • South: Sunset Hills Boulevard
  • East: Morning Ridge Avenue
  • West: Sunset Hills/East Olsen Road

Evacuation Centers

  • Thousand Oaks Community Center for residents
    2525 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds for large animals
    10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura
  • Camarillo Adoption Center for small animals
    600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo

Near the 1300 block of Tierra Rejada Road, people were seen trying to transport a number of horses away from the flames as outhouses burned nearby.

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