Post Fire fully contained in LA, Ventura counties after burning more than 15,000 acres

Crews in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have fully contained the Post Fire, which burned more than 15,000 acres in nearly two weeks after breaking out in the Gorman area.

The Post Fire broke out just before 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 according to Cal Fire, near the southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway, north of Gorman Road. Cal Fire announced the blaze had been contained on June 28, but not before it burned approximately 15,563 acres.

The early portion of the fire fight was focused on how wind speeds would impact the direction and possible size of the blaze. 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department fought the fire with the assistance of the Ventura County Fire Department. The blaze entered Ventura County on Sunday, June 16, and consumed about 2,000 acres of wilderness in the southeastern portion of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fast-moving fire briefly forced evacuation orders in the Gorman area, and even shut down portions of the 5 Freeway near the LA-Ventura County line and the 99 Freeway.

Hesperia Fire

The Post Fire broke out within hours of another fire — the Hesperia Fire in San Bernardino County. That fire burned just under 1,100 acres in that area. As of June 28, however, the Hesperia Fire has also been fully contained. 

City News Service contributed to this report.