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2003 Piru Fire

On Saturday, October 25, 2003 we woke up to the realization that the Val Verde Fire (which had been burning for 3 days) was headed for our town.  The next 3 days were very intense with fire burning all around.  The fire came over our east mountain range in the morning.  By the afternoon, it had jumped Highway 126 and went to the south mountain range that separates us from Simi Valley.  By that night the whole mountain range to the south was on fire for as far as the eye could see and we heard reports of Simi and Moorpark already being affected by the flames.

Sunday afternoon, the Piru fire which started north of the lake earlier in the week took a turn and headed west to Fillmore.  It also headed south and came over our north mountain range.  It took 2 days for it to burn this part of our mountains.