Lime Fire burns 450 acres near Lake Piru in southern California

(UPDATED at 7:27 a.m. PDT June 11, 2020)

Map showing heat detected by a satellite on the Lime Fire at 3:12 a.m. PDT June 11, 2020. The fire is probably larger than indicated because light fuels could have burned and cooled, making it impossible for the sensors to detect heat in those areas.

Ventura County Fire Department reported at 7 a.m. on Thursday that the Lime Fire west of Lake Piru has burned 450 acres. There were two minor injuries last night.

The county’s web site still shows a mandatory evacuation in effect, but reduced in size.

Lime Fire
Lime Fire. Screenshot from Ventura County FD video at 6:50 a.m. PDT June 11, 2020.

Night-flying helicopters dropped water until about 1:45 a.m. Thursday and as the fire activity decreased significantly, all aircraft were released including an air attack fixed wing.

(Originally published at 7:47 p.m. PDT June 10, 2020)

map Lime Fire
Map showing the approximate location of the Lime Fire west of Lake Piru in southern California June 10, 2020.

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for a wildfire that started late Wednesday afternoon west of Lake Piru in southern California. The fire, estimated at about 200 acres, is about three miles north of the town of Piru which is on the north side of Highway 126 between Castaic and Fillmore.

Ventura County Emergency Operations Center has the most current evacuation information.

Evacuation map for the Lime Fire
Evacuation map for the Lime Fire west of Lake Piru, valid at 7:15 p.m. PDT June 10, 2020. Ventura County Emergency Operations Center.

At one point at least four air tankers were assigned and due to life threat they were designated as “no divert” to another fire. Later, air attack which was directing the air show had to leave to refuel, so all air tankers were told to return to base until a replacement air attack arrived on scene.

Structures near Lake Piru are threatened.

MD-87 air tanker drops on the Lime Fire
An MD-87 air tanker drops on the Lime Fire. Ventura Co. Fire Dept. photo, June 10, 2020.

At 7:10 p.m. a nearby weather station recorded 84 degrees, 15 percent relative humidity, with 14 mph west-southwest winds gusting to 19.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

Lime Fire
The Lime Fire as seen from a camera at Oat North, 6:59 p.m. PDT June 10, 2020


Helicopter drops on the Lime Fire
Helicopter drops on the Lime Fire. Ventura Co. Fire Dept. photo, June 10, 2020.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

4 thoughts on “Lime Fire burns 450 acres near Lake Piru in southern California”

  1. Look outside see any smoke? The news is notorious for showing the same video over and over with the fire going to “eat” everything in its path. Your decision to evacuate is your decision. I’m not there.

  2. Concerned, there are several large family complexes out here in the town of Piru, my residents are worried. They keep hearing that Piru is to evacuate? Per map showing the area of evacuation I don’t see the town area which is closer to 126 in the designated area , does the town need to be concerned.

    1. “Ventura County Fire offers an email notification system that provides up-to-date information…. Sign up to be notified via email for any topics of interest. This system allows you to customize the information you receive.” That same website provides updated fire information, including evacuations and street closures. Highway Patrol and Sheriffs units were very active early-on for evacuations and street closures to keep access clear for firefighters. If you follow Twitter and/or Facebook there are numerous sources to checkout and save prior to the next emergency.

      Instinct can also tell you it’s time to go. That fire-prone area is one to consider evacuating at the first hint of wildfire. Plan ahead for it. Lots of info available online.

  3. Excellent details! Today’s (6/11/2020) forecast similar, High around 95F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.


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