See why I should never mention fire? We've had our first one of the season, and it was of the beloved landmark hill behind Ventura, Two Trees, so named because of the two Coast Live Oak trees gracing it. I noticed the smoke on Friday when I went to lunch about 2 p.m. Later there were helicopters and planes making water and retardant drops (photos courtesy of my mom).
This fire was started by a 16 year old who was hiking with some friends from a local park and "found" a lighter. Stupidly he decided to see if it worked and the fire got started accidentally. He tried to stomp it out but couldn't so called 911 and then warned some other hikers nearby about the fire. There were 150 firefighters who battled the flames for about 4-5 hours until it was out, with some staying overnight to make sure there were no hotspots to flare up. The 16 year old was cited by police and released to his parents. The trees were not damaged but there is an ugly black scar on the hill now--14 acres were burned. Just a reminder of what a little idiocy can cause. This land is all private property, hard to get to by vehicle as there are no direct roads. There are gates and warning signs to keep people out, but obviously that doesn't stop them. At least they should bring their brains. I'm sure the youth did not mean to do what he did, but lighter-plus-dry-grass-equals-fire in a fairly linear fashion. So be careful out there, people!