Highway 101 reopens after fire erupts near Ventura

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Firefighters assess the Solimar Fire in Ventura County, off the 101 Freeway, on Saturday. (Credit: KTLA)

VENTURA, Calif. — Highway 101 reopened Saturday afternoon following an overnight closure prompted by a wind-driven wildfire that grew to 1,250 acres and forced authorities to issue mandatory evacuation orders near Solimar Beach.

The blaze broke out on Christmas around 11 p.m. and was pushed by 50 mph winds, Ventura County Fire Department Chief Mike Lorenzen said.

The fire, located about 6 miles northwest of Ventura, was 10 percent contained as of Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire. A fire official later said containment was under 10 percent.

Both sides of the 101 were closed overnight from State Route 33 to State Route 150, and reopened by 2:05 p.m., Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery tweeted.

Earlier in the day, fire officials described the blaze as “dynamic,” and warned that even if the road reopened it could be closed again if the flames changed direction or speed of growth.

Read the full story on KTLA.com.

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