Wind-whipped wildfire closes Hwy. 101 west of Thousand Oaks

AMARILLO SPRINGS, Calif. — A wind-driven wildfire burned in Ventura County west of Thousand Oaks Thursday afternoon, triggering mandatory evacuations and closing part of Highway 101.

The flames broke out around 2 p.m. and Ventura County Fire officials estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 acres had burned by 4 p.m.

More than 165 firefighters and eight air tankers were dealing with 20 to 25 mile-per-hour winds as they fought the blaze.

About 1,200 homes in the Camarillo Springs and Dos Vientos areas were evacuated, according to VCFD. Evacuated residents can go to the Borchard Community Center in Newbury Park, located at 190 Reino Road, KTLA reported.

Highway 101 was closed in both directions in the immediate area.

Nearby Cal State Channel Islands cancelled classes and evacuated campus due to poor air quality.

The fire came as a red flag warning was issued for Santa Ana winds in many Southern California counties. The warning went into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday in the San Diego County mountains and valleys and will last until 10 p.m. Friday.