What is being described as “a large fire” has broken out early Wednesday morning between Simi Valley and Moorpark in a location close to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, according to officials.

The blaze is threatening homes as well as the presidential library and museum.

The new blaze comes as meteorologists expect wind gusts of 80 miles per hour in the mountains.

Ventura County has ordered mandatory evacuations for the area bordered by Tierra Rejada Road to the north, Olsen and Madera streets to the south, Madera Street to the east and the 23 Freeway to the west. The county is posting the latest evacuation information at https://www.vcemergency.com.

The county is setting up a shelter for evacuees at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, 2525 North Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks.

Large animals can be evacuated to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura.

The California Highway Patrol has closed the northbound 23 Freeway at Avenida De Los Arboles, the southbound 23 is closed at Los Angeles Avenue near the 118 Freeway, the 118 connector to the southbound 23 is closed, and the Los Angeles Avenue on-ramps to both sides of the 23 are closed.

Streets that are closed are Moorpark Road at Tierra Rejada Road and Santa Rosa at Moorpark Road.

The Ventura County Office of Education announced that all of its schools would be closed and referred parents, students and staff to its website — https://vcoe.org — for the latest developments.

Los Angeles County is sending firefighting helicopters to help Ventura County fight the blaze.

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