(FOX 11) - Fifty-acres erupted along the 101 Freeway in Camarillo, snarling Fourth of July commuters and confusing nearby celebrators.
"I thought it was a barbeque at first and then I realized it's not because you can tell the difference. Because when you smell smoke from a burning brush you can smell the difference from wood or charcoal," said Laura Balderas.
Firefighters combed through fields, while people grilling were evacuated before crews finally contained the fire.
Firefighters say the call came in as three separate fires, leading some to suspect fireworks could have been the culprit.
"People gotta be safe with fireworks. A lot of people are too ignorant with stuff. They don't care about fires and what happens is the innocent people are the people paying for it," said Manuel Segovia.
In Jurupa Valley, 40 acres burned a barn and multiple cars, coming dangerously close to wildlife. One firefighter was sent to the hospital with minor injuries.
Some people fearing the number of fires could affect resources for other emergencies
"What if they're fighting fires and somebody gets in an accident?" asked Balderas.
In Lake Matthews, a firefighting chopper dipped into the lake's water supply to help stop a 30 acre fire from racing up a hill
And in SIlverwood, firefighters water bombed and sprayed flame retardant over 20 acres near a campground. Campers had to cut their Fourth of July holiday short after being evacuated.
"They're evacuating the area and we're just trying to pack up our camp grounds so we can save our boat and save our stuff," said Greg Parker.
"We don't feel like it's safe for our kids so we'd rather go home," said Cyda Hernandez.
Fire officials believe the Silverwood fire may have started as a car fire, but it's unclear if fireworks caused any of the other fires.
Firefighters warn anyone setting off fireworks to do so in a city where it's legal, in an open field, with an extinguisher nearby.
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