Assemblyman Jeff Gorell is hurrying home from Sacramento after his wife and two children were evacuated from their Camarillo Springs home, which is being threatened by a Southern California brush fire.
The fire broke out at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and has consumed 2,000 acres along the 101 freeway near the Camarillo and Newbury Park communities. Gorell's home is a few blocks from the fire and can be seen in television footage showing the blaze, said Gorell's spokesman Douglas Lorenz.
Ventura County fire officials have ordered hundreds of homes to be evacuated due to the threat of the advancing fire. Gorell, the Republican Outreach Chair, had planned to return to his district after the Assembly floor session Thursday morning. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, he was attempting to find an earlier flight.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reuben Ruiz makes a phone call as he watches the flames from a brush fire in Camarillo, Calif., Thursday, May 2, 2013.
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