"Erbes Fire" In Thousand Oaks 100% Contained

Friday January 15, 2021

(Photo courtesy VCSO)

     (Official road closure & evacuation information go to https://www.vcemergency.com/   

     Updated at 6 PM Friday--Firefighters have fully contained the 250-acre "Erbes Fire" in Thousand Oaks.

     100% containment was declared late Friday afternoon.

     The "Erbes Fire" started about 24 hours earlier in an area north of Erbes Road and east of the 23 Freeway and pushed by a strong northeast wind it spread quickly to the north, east, and south, with flames leaping across Erbes Road.

     Homes on both sides of Erbes Road and east of the 23 Freeway were threatened as were homes on streets like Fernleaf Court and Lemonberry Place.

     But crews jumped on the fire quickly with dozens of engine companies, hand crews, bulldozers, and other equipment working to protect homes and battle the flames with the help of at least three water-dropping helicopters.

     There were no reports of any homes being damaged or destroyed.

     Several areas were evacuated and roads were closed although the 23 Freeway remained open.

     By 7 PM Thursday, firefighters had gained the upper hand on the fire and the evacuations and road closures were, for the most part, lifted.

     No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.