Thousand Oaks Fire Map, Update As Erbes Blaze Sparks Red Flag Warning for Ventura County

The Erbes Fire in Thousand Oaks, California, has burned around 250 acres with "forward progress stopped," according to the latest update from the Ventura County Fire Department (VDFD).

All evacuation orders, which were in place for structures west of the Bard Reservoir, east of Highway 23, north of Fernleaf Court and south of Hardy Lane, have been lifted.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the mountain and valley regions of Ventura County and neighboring Los Angeles County through 4:00 p.m. local time Friday, according to the county's VC Emergency website.

No structures were lost but some were threatened, the VCFD's public information office tweeted Thursday.

#ErbesFire; fire is approx 250 acres and we have made some great progress on the fire. Containment lines are around most of the fire. @VCFD #vcfd pic.twitter.com/rnPyurC6bE

— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) January 15, 2021

The National Weather Service (NWS) warned of "windy and critical fire weather conditions," with northeast wind gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour expected across L.A. and Ventura counties.

"Erbes Road remains closed to through traffic from Olsen Road to Sunset Hills Blvd" and a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is being considered for some Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in L.A. and Ventura counties through 12:00 p.m. local time Friday, the VC Emergency website advised.

At least 14,331 SCE customers in Ventura County and 16,130 in L.A. County are under consideration for a PSPS, while the power has been cut for at least 1,945 customers in L.A. County, according to the SCE website.

Capt. Eric Buschow, of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, said: "Things were moving pretty quickly initially but firefighters have done a great job getting on this. The winds have settled down significantly."

Capt. Bob Welsbie of the Ventura County Fire Department noted low humidity and gusty winds led to spot fires in the area but "due to a coordinated effort with aerial resources and boots on the ground we were able to get a handle on it."

Over 30 fire engines as well as three helicopters and two bulldozers were deployed to combat the Erbes blaze.

The fire, located at Erbes Road and Westland Place, sparked around 5:00 p.m. local time Thursday, according to the VC Emergency website.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Critical fire weather conditions are expected today and tomorrow across southern California. Increasing offshore winds this evening will support warm, dry, and windy conditions conducive to fire spread. Please see https://t.co/jURH2pWvlY for more information. #Cawx #firewx #fire pic.twitter.com/9l3fDe8CYF

— NWS Storm Prediction Center (@NWSSPC) January 14, 2021

Elsewhere in California, the Comet Fire was also reported Thursday at Comet Circle Road and Mission Road in San Diego County. The blaze was reported to have burned 50 acres, with 90 percent contained, according to the latest update from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center warned Thursday: "Critical fire weather conditions are expected today and tomorrow across southern California. Increasing offshore winds this evening will support warm, dry, and windy conditions conducive to fire spread."

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California firefighters pictured near a mountain impacted by the Maria Fire in Santa Paula, Ventura County on November 2, 2019. A Red Flag Warning is in place for the mountain and valley regions of Ventura County through Friday following the Erbes Fire in Thousand Oaks. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images