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Bushfire breaks out in Thousand Oaks near Highway 101

A brush fire broke out in Thousand Oaks on Friday evening after a car caught fire on southbound Highway 23 near the intersection with Highway 101.

The California Highway Patrol reported the car fire shortly after 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 23 and the 101 southbound.

“The fire, dubbed the Rancho Fire, burned about 13 acres along the south side of 101 before traffic was halted just before 7 p.m.,” said firefighter Andy VanSciver of the Ventura County Fire Department.

The teams should have the situation completely under control by 10 p.m.

The county fire department and the CHP power generation company had closed the southbound lanes at the intersection of Route 23 and Route 101.

The fire also blocked the right lane of the 101 southbound.

Traffic on southbound 101 remained backed up past Moorpark Road, but had cleared before nightfall.

Radio traffic indicated that there had been a potential threat to buildings along Rancho Road for some time.

Helicopters, bulldozers and hand crews continued to work on the fire scene after firefighters gained the upper hand, VacnSciver said in a social media update. They would continue to monitor the fire hot spots, he said.

CHP logs described a vehicle, possibly a Land Rover, driving onto the right side of Highway 23. Flames were visible underneath the vehicle. Within minutes, a brush fire was said to have broken out on the adjacent hillside.

Separately, a large wildfire broke out late Friday afternoon near Zaca Lake in Santa Barbara County.

This story will be updated.