Santa Paula Times

Firefighters from various agencies responded to a blaze Tuesday that apparently started in a motor home and spread to brush in a remote area between South Mountain Road and the Santa Clara River; the fire, the third near or in the river bottom since June 22, was soon brought under control.

Motorhome fire sparks brush fire

July 17, 2015
Santa Paula News

There was a third fire incident near Santa Paula Tuesday when a motorhome caught fire near a popular golf course that sparked a brush fire quickly brought under control by firefighters from several agencies.

The July 14 blaze was reported about 2:45 p.m. in the 15900 block of South Mountain Road near Lemon Road, southwest of Santa Paula and close to the Mountain View Golf Course.

The blaze reportedly started in the motorhome and spread to nearby brush prompting a response from Santa Paula, Ventura County, Ventura City and Fillmore City Fire departments. 

The motorhome was in a remote area between South Mountain Road and the Santa Clara River and a helicopter and dozer as well as a hand crew also responded to the incident. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Avition Unit helicopter used Santa Paula Airport to be filled for water drops.

The fire was contained to about a fifth of an acre; the motorhome was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Tuesday’s fire was the third in a series of incidents that began June 22 with the River Fire, which burned through more than 160 acres of arundo donax bamboo in the Santa Clara River bottom. The fire started for an unknown reason near Acacia Road and was finally stopped in the Dove Court area of Lemonwood Industrial Park.

On July 5 a fire drew a response of firefighters that kept it away from tinder dry brush in the river bottom when it broke out near the intersection of East Telegraph and Toland roads.

The blaze was just north of the Santa Clara River bottom and in the vicinity of the famed Santa Clara School, known as the Little Red Schoolhouse that sits on Highway 126.

The fire started in a group of flammable eucalyptus trees and then embers spotted and spread to light vegetation about 300 yards away but firefighters were able to limit the fire to about three acres.

The cause of the River Fire and the July 5 fire are also under investigation.