Crews get upper hand on oil well fire in Ventura County

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SANTA PAULA, Calif. — Firefighters got control of an oil well fire that was threatening nearby brush just outside of Santa Paula on Sunday, officials said.

The petroleum fire erupted off South Mountain Road, near Mountain Road, the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted just after 11:30 a.m.

An image posted by the agency shows a tower of dark, heavy smoke rising above the vicinity.

“The oil well equipment is heavily involved in fire and threatening the brush,” Ventura County fire officials said via social media.

But officials said there were no structures threatened.


Authorities urged the public to avoid the area as Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputies shut down South Mountain Road from Balcom Canyon Road to 12th Street.

Firefighters worked with crews on the oil lease to evacuate that lease and ensure everyone’s safety,” Ventura County fire Capt. Brian McGrath said.
The remote location of the fire provided challenges, he added.

“Firefighters were able to deploy almost a quarter-mile of hose and a relay pump to get water to suppress that fire,” the captain said.

Fire officials announced the flames had been “suppressed” shortly after 3 p.m., more than three hours after it ignited. But firefighters expected to remain on site for hours for clean up. The road closures were expected to remain in place in the meantime.

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