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Monday, Sep 03 2012 02:42 PM

Fire erupts in Ventura County

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

A fast-spreading fire has erupted in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

The Ventura County Fire Department says the blaze broke out about 11 a.m. Monday and quickly charred 25 acres of rugged, mountaintop terrain in the Lockwood Valley area. No structures were immediately threatened.

Ventura called out 18 firefighting units to the scene to try to contain the blaze.

Billowing smoke could be seen for miles.

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