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Nighttime water drops help in fight against 250-acre brush fire near Ojai

Nighttime water drops help in fight against 250-acre brush fire near Ojai

Nighttime aerial drops helped firefighters in their battle against a more-than-250-acre wildfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest near Ojai. The Chorro fire started at 1:20 p.m. Sunday in the area of Highway 33 and the Chorro Grande Trail, forcing evacuation orders for nearby campgrounds. Read more about California wildfires >> Aircraft dumped water over the fire Sunday night as flames scorched 250 to 300 acres of chaparral and pines, said Andrew Madsen, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. Aerial firefighting crews with GPS equipment are hoping to map out the fire perimeter. The area had not burned in several years and much of the woodlands were dry, so the...

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