(Photos looking north from the VC Fire/OES South Mountain webcam)
Updated at 3:35 PM---Firefighters have fully contained a small brush fire that caused big concerns early Friday afternoon near Santa Paula.
It broke out shortly after 12 PM across the Santa Clara River south of Santa Paula.
The fire burned six acres, one utility shed was destroyed and three others damaged, and one utility vehicle was destroyed before it was stopped.
It could have been much worse given the Santa Ana weather conditions with hot. dry and gusty winds threatening to push the fire to the west.
When firefighters arrived on scene along South Mountain Road near the Mountain View Golf Course, the flames had spotted a quarter mile away and there was concern that with the gusty east winds they might now be able to keep up with its spread.
But crews were able to stop the fire before it had turned into something far more serious.
Engine companies, hand crews, and other personnel and equipment from Ventura County, Ventura City, and Cal Fire responded to the blaze.
They also had water-dropping helicopters.
Air tankers with fire retardant arrived shortly after 1 PM, but by then they were not needed and returned to their base without making a drop.
Crews were spending Friday afternoon working to fully contain the fire and do mop-up.
No injuries reported.
The cause is under investigation.