News Story


Fire Erupted Near Brooks Institute
3/12/2015 7:36:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Brush Fire Erupts Near Brooks Institute

Report Number:



5301 N Ventura Ave. between Ventura and Ojai

Date & Time:

03-12-15 / 3:54 P.M. 

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff Office

Ventura County Fire Department


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence







On 03-12-15, at 3:53 P.M., Patrol Deputies from the Ojai Station were flagged down by a citizen who saw smoke rising from a field next to the Brooks Institute located at 5301 N. Ventura Road.   Firefighters from the Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura City Fire Department and Cal-Fire quickly arrived on scene and fought the blaze.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit assisted with water drops.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office Unmanned Aviation System (UAS) was deployed in support of the firefighting efforts.  This is the first time the Sheriff's Office has deployed the UAS since receiving countywide authorization from the FAA.  Approximately 15 acres have burned.    


Approximately 150 people from the Brooks Institute were evacuated as a precaution.  At this time, no injuries have been reported.  The California Highway Patrol assisted with the closure of Ventura Ave. between Crooked Palm Road and Canada Larga Road.  The blaze has been determined to be human caused and is under investigation.  Investigators from the Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff's Arson Unit are investigating the cause.


Anyone with information about the cause of the fire is asked to contact Detective Mike Rompal at (805) 383-8743.  


Prepared by:

Captain John Reilly


News Release Date:

03-12-15 / 6:30 P.M. 


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain John Reilly (805) 947-6782.


Approved by:

Captain Todd Inglis



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).