Oilfield Fire Near Santa Paula Out

Sunday September 30, 2018

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

   Update at 2 PM---Fire is knocked down, confined to the area of origin which was the large generator's diesel fuel tank and some other equipment.  Wellhead secure, no fire there.  No threat to brush.  Extensive overhaul. No injuries reported.  Cause under investigation.  South Mountain Road will remain closed for another hour or so.  Lot's of equipment being released.

   Update at 1 PM---The fire in the large generator fuel tank has been greatly diminished allowing oil company crews to get to the wellhead and secure it so it doesn't catch fire.  The concern about the fire spreading to vegetation is also diminished.  South Mountain Road between 12th Street and Balcom Canyon Road remains closed.

   Update at 12:50 PM---The wellhead is secured at the blowout preventer

   Update---The effort to secure the wellhead is progressing as they douse the generator tank fire with water, and soon foam, to allow oil company crew on site to secure it asap to make sure it does not catch fire.

   Update at Noon--They are requesting the CHP shut down South Mountain Road between 12th Street in Santa Paula and Balcom Canyon Road because of all the fire equipment staged in the area and because they are running a hose line from the wellhead site to a water supply on South Mountain Road.  Once the hose line is in place, they will get the crash truck in place to put foam on the unsecured wellhead to keep it from catching fire.
     Firefighters are at the scene of a fire at an oilfield operation southeast of Santa Paula.

   The fire was reported shortly after 11 AM Sunday in an area near South Mountain Road and Willard Canyon Road.

   Firefighters could see a large column of black smoke as they responded.

   When they arrived on the scene, they found a large diesel generator at an oil well site engulfed in flames.

   Because of the location of the fire and its intensity, they not only dispatched a hazmat-petroleum response but also a brushfire response because of concerns about the flames spreading to the rest of the oilfield site and to the surrounding brush.

   Two water-dropping helicopters, water tenders, hand crews, engine companies, hazmat personnel all responded.

   As of 11:45 AM, the fire had not spread to the vegetation but was confined to the oilfield site.

   The diesel fuel tank fire is 75 feet from the wellhead and their top priority is keeping the fire away from it.

   No word on how the fire started.

   No injuries reported.