SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) – A spokeswoman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California says the complex has not been damaged by a nearby wildfire that has grown to more than 970 acres (392 hectares).
Melissa Giller says the fire came within about 30 yards (27 meters) of the complex Wednesday morning but that it has been protected by aerial water drops and a firebreak, a gap of cleared vegetation that functions as a barrier to stop wildfires.
Giller says a herd of a goats is brought in annually to eat the vegetation and create the firebreak.
The fire erupted before dawn as strong winds hit Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles.
Flames are pushing through sparsely developed hills between suburban tracts. Horses are being evacuated from small ranches.