On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, a new massive wildfire broke out in Southern California, which forced the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
The fired dubbed the “Easy Fire” started at 6:15 a.m. PT in the hills near Tierra Rejada Road, north of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Ventura County fire Captain Brian McGrath said that as of 9:00 a.m. PT, the fire burned 1000 acres.
McGrath said that the library was “a huge concern.” He added extra resources had been deployed to protect the library.
John Heubusch, the library’s executive director, stated: “There is a whole lot of heroes protecting the president’s library.”
Melissa Giller, the Reagan library spokesperson, said that the hilltop museum in Simi Valley were safe and being protected by firefighters.
She added hundreds of goats are brought in each year to eat away vegetation that could fuel wildfires on the 300-acre grounds.
The Nation Weather Service reports winds are expected to gust from 40-50 mph, reaching 60 mph at the ridgetops.
The Guardian: California wildfires: Ronald Reagan library evacuated after new blaze erupts near LA
KTLA: Easy Fire: Mandatory Evacuation Orders Issued in Simi Valley as 972-Acre Blaze Burns Near Reagan Library
Los Angeles Times: Firefighters battle to save Reagan Library from fast-moving Easy fire
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