Fires threaten search dog facility, Pine Mountain

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

Two wildfires were active Tuesday in the vicinity of the Ojai Valley, one large and remote, the other small but close to habitation.

The smaller blaze, reported around 2:25 p.m. in the 6800 block of Wheeler Canyon Road near Santa Paula , had apparently been contained at one acre an hour later. Several structures were threatened by that fire, though, including the new campus of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, from which all of the dogs were successfully evacuated. This came a little more than a week after the nonprofit organization moved to that facility from its former offices in downtown Ojai.

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