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Crews are battling a brushfire that erupted Thursday evening in Ventura County.

The blaze, which has been dubbed the Maria fire, broke out atop South Mountain, just south of Santa Paula, the Ventura County Fire Department said in a tweet.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-31/maria-fire-south-mountain 

Evacuations were underway at Balcom Canyon and 12th Street. With night falling, firefighters were trying to keep the fire south of Highway 126, north of Los Angeles Avenue, east of Vineyard Avenue and west of Balcom Road.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-31/maria-fire-south-mountain 

Critical fire weather warnings have been extended through Friday night for the windiest spots of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, continuing red-flag conditions for an additional 24 hours.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-31/maria-fire-south-mountain 

Authorities issued mandatory evacuations for a swath of homes bordered by the 126 Freeway on the north, Los Angeles Avenue on the south, Vineyard Avenue on the west and Balcom Canyon Road on the east.

Evacuations, shelters & road closures

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