#ThomasFire is a Firestorm | 6

LAS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

6 wildfires are burning and has destroyed a total of 175,000 acres  along with 793 structures prompting evacuations of 90,000 civilians.#RyeFire #SkirballFire #ThomasFire #CreekFire #LilacFire #LibertyFire

Start Date/Time. The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST.

Location. Started in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  

Size. Due to the Santa Ana winds in the area, the fire would consume 500 acres immediately but become the firestorm that it is today.   As of today, the fire has consumed 148,000 acres and has a 15% containment status.

Current Fire Conditions. Fire Officials confirm the fire has NOT crossed over the Santa Barbara County Line but it is approximately 3/4 of a mile east of the line. (0942 hours)

The fire behavior is active backing fire with short-runs and wind in the northern portion above Lake Casitas.  Wind has hampered containment efforts.  After aggressive firefighting Friday, Fire officials expect the containment percentage to increase on Saturday morning after the operation briefing. 

This fire progression map shows Friday’s increase in acreage of over 18,000 acres.

(Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Fire has transitioned from a wind-driven fire to a topography driven fire.  Brittanica defines it in layman’s terms as this, “Topography also affects wildfire, which spreads quickly uphill and slowly downhill. Dried grass, leaves, and light branches are considered flash fuels; they ignite readily, and fire spreads quickly in them, often generating enough heat to ignite heavier fuels such as tree stumps, heavy limbs, and the organic matter of the forest floor.

Such fuels, ordinarily slow to kindle, are difficult to extinguish. Green fuels—growing vegetation—are not considered flammable, but an intense fire can dry out leaves and needles quickly enough to allow ready ignition. Green fuels sometimes carry a special danger: evergreens, such as pine, cedar, fir, and spruce, contain flammable oils that burst into flames when heated sufficiently by the searing drafts of a forest fire.”

Thomas Fire map as of 0727 hours on Saturday, December 9, 2017 & Day #6 of the Fire. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Current Threats.  Fire is requesting high voltage power lines in the 100 block, west of Ojai be shutdown.  (1435 hours) Fire continues to threaten structures in various parts of Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Santa Paula, Carpinteria, Fillmore and unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon. Fire is expected to spread towards Santa Barbara County, Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

Cause. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

For all 6 wildfires combined, collectively there are 8,500 firefighters actively fighting fire and working to protect life and property.

Fire Weather.  SW up valley winds will shift to the NE later in the day.  (1410 hours)  Incident Commanders are expecting NE winds 10-18 mph with gusts of 30 mph over the fire ground in the afternoon area. (1355 hours)

RH will remain very low throughout the day dropping into the single digits and low teens.  Recoveries tonight will be poor.  (1400 hours)

Red Flag Warning remains in effect for Saturday.  NE Winds are expected to move out in the afternoon hours with weak onshore flow developing. (0925 hours)

Check out NASA’s Fire weather seen on their radar showing how the fierce Santa Ana winds and unusually dry air made fires in S Cal so difficult to fight and contain.

Community Public Meeting – Fire Update. Fire Officials hosted a community public Meeting discussing the Thomas Fire at noon today.  It was definitely very well attended.

(Credit: VCFD_PIO)

FIRE TACTICS

Firefighters. Operations reports indirect contingency fire line being built by bulldozers to protect the Santa Barbara County residents. (0946 hours)

Continuance with working aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter. (0930 hours)

 The Matilija Fire ignited from an undetermined cause ignited in September of 1932 which burned 220,000 acres only. No structures or lives were lost. – CAL FIRE

Fire Map shows the increased containment lines (see black lines). This is as 0936 hours. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

RESOURCES

Local Resources

Fire Personnel.  3,993  

Fire Command. Unified Command consists of CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, Los Padres NF, VCSO.  IMT:  CAL FIRE IMT 4.

Los Padres firefighters conduct firing operations near Rose Valley on December 8, 2017. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

The Day Fire in September 2006, destroyed 11 structures, reporting no fire-related deaths. – CAL FIRE

Incident Cooperators

Mutual Aid.  Cameron Park FD, Rincon Valley Fire, USFS, CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO,

Copters 7, 8 being pulled out to start assisting with water drops during night ops on December 8, 2017. (Credit: VC Air Support)

CAL OES, Ventura Co Air Unit, City of Ventura FD, City of Ventura PD, CA DOC & Rehab,  Palo Alto FD (E65 24-hour shift deployed 12/7) and OCFA has 2 strike teams with total of 10 engines (as of 12/7/2017). 

A Dozer is seen pushing dirt through flames. (Credit: CALFIRE PIO)

Human Services. Red Cross

Infrastructure. PG&E, Ventura County Public Works, CALTrans

Law Enforcement.  CHP.

Equipment

Equipment.   575 fire engines, 47 fire crews, 30 helicopters, 46 bulldozers, 31 water tenders.

 

Thomas Fire Incident Command Post or also known as the ICP. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

 EVACUATIONS

Ventura County

Due to the every evolving list of areas under evacuations, we are putting the link here so you can check minute-by-minute updates.

Some evacuations have been lifted. Here is a current list as of 1200 on 12/9/2017.  http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/pub/cdf/images/incidentfile1922_3156.pdf

CALFIRE Twitter – https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

 

Santa Barbara County

Evacuation Map (Credit: Santa Barbara County as of 1120 hours)

http://www.CountyofSB.org – evacuations and road closures

http://www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org – evacuations and road closures

 

 

Shelters

City of Ojai.

Nordhoff HS, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA. 

Community Meeting: December 9, 2017 @ 1930 hours Saturday will be held.   

City of Oxnard.

Oxnard College Gym, 4000 s Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA. 

City of Santa Paula.  

Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St, Santa Paula, CA.

UC Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara. Animal Shelter for small animals, preferably in crates. 

Animal Shelters

Animal Evacuations. Assistance to help with animal evacuations.  866-387-8911.   

Animal Evacuation Shelter. Ventura County Fairgrounds.  10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA. (Large animals)

The compassionate faces (VC Animal Services Vet Assistant Kendra and Animal Control Officer Jared) behind helping injured four-legged fire victims. (Credit: VC Animal Services)

Great tips on protecting your animals during a wildfire:

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Destroyed. 439 structures

Damaged. 85

Threatened. 15,000

Cost-to-Date.  $17,000,000 for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

ALERTS!! 

Emergency Fire Resources Call Out

Mutual Aid from outside CA.  As of 1146 hours, CALFIRE put out information showing

over 700 firefighters from 10 different States, not including Washington State are being called to the front lines to assist firefighters battling 6 different wildfires all burning at the same time.  

RED FLAG WARNING. A Red Flag Warning has been issued by the County of Santa Barbara from 1800 hours Saturday evening to 0900 hours on Sunday for wind and low RH for the mountains of Santa Barbara County. 

(Credit: CALFIRE)

Evacuations

NEW! Mandatory Evacuations.  Area from Rancho Matilia West to Lake Casitas.  This includes Hwy 150, Casitas Pass Rd, West to the Santa Barbara County Line (12/9/2017 1010 hours). Issued by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

Mandatory Evacuations. Hwy 192 on the south, Hwy 150 on the east (county line), Santa Monica Rd to the west and extending north to East Camino Cielo, Hwy 150 from Rincon Hill Rd South to the 101 and included Bates Rd and Rincon Point at the south end of Bates. (as of 12/7/2017 @ 2019 hours)

City of Fillmore. The City of Fillmore IS NOT currently under any evacuation orders. Unincorporated parts of Ventura County near the Fillmore city limits are under evacuation.

Information Kiosk. The City of Santa Barbara has an information kiosk at Paeo Nuevo off of State Street.  

(Credit: City of Santa Barbara)

Information Kiosk.  City of Santa Barbara has a second location at Stearns Wharf.

(Credit: City of Santa Barbara)

There are still 25,000 structures are under direct threat. 

Curfew

Curfew in Effect. City of Ventura PD declared curfew in response to the fire.  Effective December 5, 2017 starting at 2200 hours through 0500 daily.

Water Boil Orders

Water Boil Order. Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and parts of City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire-related power outages.  All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approx one minute.  Issued by the Casitas Municipal Water District. Details can be viewed at the City of Ventura’s website : http://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/

Closures

School Closures.  List on the Ventura County Office of Education.  http://www.vcoe.org/ 

College Closures. http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/news/thomas-wildfire-updates-as-of-127-400pm

 Transportation.  Train tracks closed from Carpenteria to Faria Beach.  No AMTRAK services in Ventura County.

Proclamations

Local Emergencies Proclamations. Local emergency proclamations issued by the Cities of Santa Paula, Ojail and Ventura.

Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Fire Officials Warn: “Please continue to adhere to road closures and evacuation orders still in place.  As you re-enter your properties, please increase your situational awareness to hazards that may still exist.  

Sensitive Areas:  “Around the fire, sensitive resource areas are flagged with green on white polkadot flagging. Please avoid during repopulation.”

What to do After a Wildfire.

(Credit: Red Cross Ventura)

Preparedness

How to Prep Your House for a Wildfire.  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409003859391-0e8ad1ed42c129f11fbc23d008d1ee85/how_to_prepare_wildfire_033014_508.pdf FEMA guide. See pages 11, 12.  (FEMA)

When donating to a cause, always research the organization PRIOR to giving out your personal information to avoid being scammed.

Wildfire Evacuation Checklist. Courtesy of the American Red Cross.

RESOURCES – FIRE SURVIVORS

Tax Relief. County Assessor working on tax relief for fire survivors.  http://www.vcnewschannel.com/news/235-county-working-on-plans-for-property-tax-relief-for-fire-victims

Mobile Medical Unit:  Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Providing care for those in need.

Counseling, Crisis Intervention:  Disaster Response teams from the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department will be available at shelters to assist with services to those individuals and/or families displaced and traumatized by the fire. They are also assisting with community referrals.  You can reach them 24/7 through a toll-free hotline at 866-998-2243.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

These organizations listed below have been reported by respected LE/Fire Agencies.

UWVC:  Text 41444.  100% of donations go to those impacted by the fire will benefit all fire survivors.

United Way. Donations can be made on United Way of Ventura County’s website or over the phone at 805-485-6288. Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.  vcunitedway.org

Target Stores.  Target stores in the area remain open to serve the Ventura County community. We’ve stocked up on emergency supplies to support evacuees and gave donations to the community.

Salvation Army. salvationarmy.org

American Red Cross. redcross.org

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/92017 – 1519 hours PST – Updated 2045 hours PST

 

 

 

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#SkirballFire | 1 | AM Update

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 

Current CA State Fire Facts:  6 large fires.  141,000 acres burned. 190,000 residents evacuated.  23,000 homes threatened.  5,700 firefighters on fire ground, 500 confirmed structures destroyed. – CALFIRE 12/7/2017 2012 hours PST.

Incident Summary

Start Date/Time. December 5, 2017 @ 1131 hours PST.

Location. Burning along Rye Canyon Loop, west Valencia.

Cause. Unknown. Under investigation.

Fire Facts. 1 of 6 wildfires burning in area.  Others are #CreekFire #RyeFire #ThomasFire #LilacFire #LibertyFire

Resources

Fire Personnel.  901 LAFD firefighters assigned.

Equipment. 72 fire engines, 31 fire crews, 2 helicopters. 6 bulldozers, 3 water tenders.

Command. Unified Command – CALFIRE, LACoFD, VCFD, LACoSO, VCSO.  CAL FIRE IMT-6.

Briefing inside the mobile command. (Credit: SCV Sheriff)

Incident Cooperators. CALFIRE, CHP, City of Santa Clarita, S CAL Edison, CA Resources Corp, CA Conservation Corps, SoCAL Gas, Simi Valley PD and LACoPublic Works

Fire Status

6,049 acres with a 35% containment status. Firefighters continue to strengthen fire perimeter lines and mop up the fire. No fire growth observed overnight. More accurate acreage corrected due to using air and ground GIS devices.

Damage Assessment

Damaged. 12 structures.

Destroyed. 6 structures.

Injuries: 1 firefighter.  Minor burn injury.

Evacuations

Evacuation Area. 700 homes in a 3.2 square mile area.  https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=34.19425870000001%2C-118.44510600000001&z=13&mid=12HkY2fU6Lm7NPzp0LcAPL70RnoPuVTeA

Shelters

Shelter Info. https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=34.19425870000001%2C-118.44510600000001&z=13&mid=12HkY2fU6Lm7NPzp0LcAPL70RnoPuVTeA

Sylmar Shelter. Sylmar Rec Center. 13109 Borden Ave, Sylmar 91342. ** Accepting evacuees and pets with owner.  818-367-5656.

Arleta Shelter. Branford Rec Center. 13306 Branford St, Arlet, CA 91331.  Accepting evacuees and pets with owner. 818-893-4923.

Sherman Oaks Shelter. Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Rec Center. 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.  Accepting evacuees and pets with owner. 818-783-5121.

Los Angeles Shelter. Westwood Rec Center. 1350 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025.  Accepting evacuees and pets with owner. 310-473-3610.

(Credit: Santa Clarita City)

Alerts, Tips

City of Los Angeles. Emergency alerts. http://emergency.lacity.org/skirball-fire

Freeway / Road Closures. CALTRANS 800.427.7623 or follow Twitter users @CHPSouther or @CaltransDist7 @LADOTofficial @LAPDHQ

Fire Map. Interactive Fire Map — https://salus-crisishub.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=2e1fad24f3624de981459fb414fb5b97

Smoke Advisory for San Fernando Valley.  Smoke Advisory for the San Fernando Valley, including Sylmar and Lake View Terrace. Issued by the Southern CA Air Quality Management District.  Details here –> http://bit.ly/aqmdadvisory2

How to Clean Up After a Fire.  

(Credit: LA Public Health)

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/8/2017 – 0730 hours PST

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#ThomasFire is a Firestorm | 5 | AM Update

LAS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST

EMERGENCY HOTLINE – 805-465-6650 – VENTURA COUNTY

Fire seen burning all over the area as a firestorm. (Credit: CALFIRE)

 

Start Date/Time. The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1835 hours PST.

Location. Started in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paul in Ventura County. 

Size. Due to the Santa Ana winds in the area, the fire would consume 500 acres immediately but become the firestorm that it is today. 

Fire Behavior. The fire continues to burn at a high rate and is rapidly spreading.  Fire behavior is extreme rates of spread and long-range spotting when it is pushed by the winds.   

Cause. The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Resources and Equipment  

Fire Command. Unified Command consists of CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, Los Padres NF, VCSO.  IMT:  CAL FIRE IMT 4.

Fire Personnel. 2,509.  

Ventura County hand crews conducted multiple fire operations throughout the night of December 6, 2017. This helps reduce fire fuels, helps direct and slow the fire. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Equipment. 471 fire engines, 28 fire crews, 12 helicopters, 28 bulldozers, 7 water tenders,7 available air tankers including DC10, 26 bulldozers.  

E343 in the hills above Ojai on 12/7/2017. (Credit: Sacramento FD)

Incident Cooperators  

OCFA engines respond to the Rye and Thomas fires as of 12/7/2017. (Credit: OCFA PIO)

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, City of Ventura FD, City of Ventura PD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, PG&E, CHP, VC Public Works, CALTRANS, CA DOC & Rehab, Palo Alto FD (E65 24-hour shift deployed 12/7) and OCFA has 2 strike teams with total of 10 engines (as of 12/7/2017).

Palo Alto FD sent E65 on 12/7/2017 to work a 24-hour shift. (Credit: Palo Alto FD)

 

Current Fire Status

Fire Behavior.  Fire behavior is extreme and continues to be active with long-range spotting when pushed by the Santa Ana winds.  Very relative humidity is also being reported. 

Established. The fire is established on the north and east sides of Hwy 150, west side of Hwy 33 and along 101 freeway to Santa Barbara County line and west of City of Fillmore.

Fire Tactics. Firefighters continue to work aggressively protecting all life and property while working on control lines around the fire perimeter.

Current Size. 132,000 acres. 10% containment. 

Evacuations.

Santa Barbara County. http://countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update

Evacuation Map. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1CePU2TdEh86nmBDBfPOAXf8Hp7NlpVpA&ll=34.28932874392301%2C-119.08218395708002&z=10  and http://www.readyventuracounty.org/

Shelters.

Nordhoff HS, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA. (City of Ojai). 

Oxnard College Gym, 4000 s Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA. (City of Oxnard). 

Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St, Santa Paula, CA. (City of Santa Paula). 

Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara. (UC Santa Barbara). Animal Shelter for small animals, preferably in crates. 

Animal Evacuations. Assistance to help with animal evacuations.  866-387-8911.   

Animal Evacuation Shelter. Ventura County Fairgrounds.  10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA. (Large animals)

Damage Assessments

73 homes, 3 commercial and 15 outbuildings destroyed.  14 homes and 1 outbuildings damaged. UPDATE | 439 structures destroyed with 85 additionally damaged (as of 12/7/2017 @ 1820 hours)

Current Threats

15,000 structures threatened. 

Alerts  

New Mandatory Evacuations. Hwy 192 on the south, Hwy 150 on the east (county line), Santa Monica Rd to the west and extending north to East Camino Cielo, Hwy 150 from Rincon Hill Rd South to the 101 and included Bates Rd and Rincon Point at the south end of Bates. (as of 12/7/2017 @ 2019 hours)

City of Fillmore. The City of Fillmore IS NOT currently under any evacuation orders. Unincorporated parts of Ventura County near the Fillmore city limits are under evacuation.

Curfew in Effect. City of Ventura PD declared curfew in response to the fire.  Effective December 5, 2017 starting at 2200 hours through 0500 daily.

Water Boil Order. Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and parts of City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire-related power outages.  All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approx one minute.  Issued by the Casitas Municipal Water District. Details can be viewed at the City of Ventura’s website : http://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/

School Closures.  List on the Ventura County Office of Education.  http://www.vcoe.org/ 

College Closures. http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/news/thomas-wildfire-updates-as-of-127-400pm

 Transportation.  Train tracks closed from Carpenteria to Faria Beach.  No AMTRAK services in Ventura County.

Local Emergencies Proclamations. Local emergency proclamations issued by the Cities of Santa Paula, Ojail and Ventura.

#PrepareNOW

How to Prep Your House for a Wildfire.  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409003859391-0e8ad1ed42c129f11fbc23d008d1ee85/how_to_prepare_wildfire_033014_508.pdf FEMA guide. See pages 11, 12.  (FEMA)

Fire Survivor Resources

Tax Relief. County Assessor working on tax relief for fire survivors.  http://www.vcnewschannel.com/news/235-county-working-on-plans-for-property-tax-relief-for-fire-victims

Mobile Medical Unit:  Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Providing care for those in need.

Counseling, Crisis Intervention:  Disaster Response teams from the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department will be available at shelters to assist with services to those individuals and/or families displaced and traumatized by the fire. They are also assisting with community referrals.  You can reach them 24/7 through a toll-free hotline at 866-998-2243.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Always verify whom you are donating too to avoid potential scammers out there who are trying to take advantage during this tragedy.  http://www.nixle.us/9R3RR (Charity scams tips)

UWVC:  Text 41444.  100% of donations go to those impacted by the fire will benefit all fire survivors.

United Way. Donations can be made on United Way of Ventura County’s website or over the phone at 805-485-6288. Checks with “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo line can be mailed to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100 Ventura, CA 93003.  vcunitedway.org

Target Stores.  Target stores in the area remain open to serve the Ventura County community. We’ve stocked up on emergency supplies to support evacuees and gave donations to the community.

Salvation Army. salvationarmy.org

American Red Cross. redcross.org

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/8/2017 @ 0650 hours PST

 

 

 

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#CreekFire Burns | 1

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST | The Creek Fire started on December 5, 2017 around 0344 hours PST, about four miles east of Sylmar.

Staging at Wildlife Waystation. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Location.  Off of Kagel Canyon Rd, north of Lake View Terrace in Los Angeles County.

Cause.The cause is unknown and is under investigation.

Fuels. Fire fuels include chaparral, brush and tall grass.

Command.  Command is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, LAFD, LACoFD, LAPD, LACoSO, Angeles NF.

Resources.  There are currently  fire 1,686 personnel assigned along with 161 fire engines, 47 fire crews, 3 helicopters, 22 dozers and 7 water tenders.

Firefighters continue to struggle with high winds, difficult access, steep and rugged terrain.

View from the northeast from little Tujunga Canyon. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators.  CAL FIRE, LAPD, LASD, Schools, CHP, CALTrans, LADWP, S Cal Edison, Animal Control, Burbank FD, Glendale FD, MRCA, LA City Park Rangers, Metro Bus, Public Health, CADOC and Rehab.

Current Status.  The fire has burned 15,323 acres and has a 20% containment status.  It is due to impacting communities shortly in the Santa Clarita, Glendale, Olive View, Lakeview Terrace, Sunland, Shadow Hills, Sylmar, Pacoima, Lopez Canyon and Kagel Canyon.

Fire behavior is active, backing, creeping and with single-tree torching.

Santa Ana winds are forecasted to remain this week and to have gusts up to 50-70 mph. Single digit daytime RH will continue with minimum overnight recovery.

Damage Assessments.  5 homes, 10 outbuildings destroyed.  8 homes and 7 outbuildings damaged.

Sources.  CAL FIRE, Inciweb. (Info based upon pressers on December 7th).

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report  – 12/8/2017 0525 Hours PST

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#ThomasFire Rages | 4

VENTURA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

GENERAL INFORMATION.  Seasonal Firefighters.  CAL FIRE has recalled all of their seasonal firefighters back to work.  Unsure if they have been deployed on this wildfire or where they are all deployed to with so many wildfires occurring all over the State.

RED FLAG WARNING.  The City of Los Angeles has issued a RED FLAG WARNING, an alert for parking restrictions that will resume at 0800 hours on Thursday, December 7, 2017 until further notice.  https://notify.lafd.org/redflag/index.cfm  (LAFD)

Current Fire operational map during 1800 hours briefing. (Credit:  VCFD_PIO)

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A fairly small brush of 500 acres broke out on Monday night (December 4, 2017) from an unknown cause in the area of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  The fire would quickly Blow-up from a small fire into an out-of-control and fiery Firestorm within minutes.

RESOURCES.  Fire Command. 1905:  Unified Command consists of CAL FIRE, Ventura County FD_PIO, Ventura City Fire and Los Padres NF.  (CAL FIRE).  1202:  MAFFS (146 AirliftWing), a CAL FIRE resource was deployed.

Strike Teams.  2201:  Multiple ambulances from AMR, Goldcoast and Lifeline are forming a strike team to respond to Ojai Valley Hospital.  (Scanner Feed/Twitter)

2200:  Ambulances will start evacuating patients.  (Fire Photographer/Twitter)

Staging Area on the Thomas Fire. (Credit:  Turlock FD)

CURRENT FIRE STATUS.  2255:  Fire reported as burning at the Thacher School barns as of 2155 hours ago.  

2226:  Social Media users reporting fire is now well established in Matilijah Canyon.  With the wind, it is probably going all the way to Carpenteria.  (Social Media/Fire Photographer).

2218:  Possible multiple spot fires.  Resources are backing out to a safe location.  IC requesting hard closure of Hwy 33. (Scanner Feed/Twitter)

2203:  Multiple large KV power lines archiing two miles off of Hwy 126, impacting firefighting operations and firefighter safety.

2100:  Structure protection and evacuations in effect for mandatory evacuations for Ojai neighborhoods north of Grand Avenue. Fire officials have told news media they feel they have enough resources for structure protection.  Ojai is at the top of their priority list.  (News media)

2030:  Fire behavior is extreme with an extreme rate of spread with long-range spotting and is wind-driven.  Fire established on the north and east sides of Hwy 150.  Burning on west side of Hwy 33.  Fire pushing NW of Ventura and has reached Hwy 101. 1818:  90,000 acres. 5% containment. 

2026:  Social media reported seeing a flare up, east of where the fire original started. (Twitter)

1947:  Social Media showed a fire image of massive fire seen over a hillside from looking the viewpoint of Moorpark. The fire was seen reaching the top of the mountainside and beginning to head back down on the other side towards the water.

1905:  Fire at 90,000 acres with a 5% containment status.  Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD_PIO, Los Padres NF and Ventura City FD.

0959:  65,000 acres. 0% containment status.  Multiple evacuations in effect throughout the County.  (VCFD)

0728:  Fire getting worse in Los Angeles (Ventura County). Air quality is horrible, even if you are not near the fires. (Twitter)

0400:  Fire appears to be moving up the coast from Ventura, Solimar to Conchita. (Twitter)

ALERTS.   Water Boil Order: For Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and entire City of Ventura.  This is due to the loss of pressure and water supply from fire related power outages.  All tap water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approx one minute.  (Casita Muncipal Water District)

Curfew In Effect:  A local Emergency Declaration has been declared by the Cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, as we well as the County of Ventura.  Curfew has been established by the Ventura Police Department from 2200 hours through 0500 hours daily. (Ventura PD)

RoadAdd Closure Map.

ROAD CLOSURES.  1600:  Route 150 in Ventura County closed between Santa Ana Road @ Lake Casitas and Rte 192 (Casitas Pass Road near Capinteria. (CAL Trans District 7)

#PREPARE NOW

Evacuations. Evacuating?  Take these with you – 1) People+Pets, 2) Papers (important documents), 3) Prescriptions, 4) Photos, 5) PC hard drives+disk and 6) Plastic (credit/ATM cards) and cash.

How to Prep Your House for a Wildfire.  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1409003859391-0e8ad1ed42c129f11fbc23d008d1ee85/how_to_prepare_wildfire_033014_508.pdf FEMA guide. See pages 11, 12.  (FEMA)

Thomas Fire by NWS 12.6.2017

Thomas Fire map on December 6, 2017. (Credit: nwcg.gov/NIFC)

EVACUATIONS. 2302:  Local fire officials expect the entire area between Hwy 33, Hwy 150 and US 101 to burn.  CHP saying Hwy 150 is currently open at the most should begin the EVACUATE NOW.  (News Media)

2156:  Timber Creek to Tolland Road in Santa Paula starting mandatory evacuations. 

2104:  Fire is either or heading into Ojai.  If this is the case, EVACUATE!  This is a runaway fire and is out-of-control. 

2100:  Mandatory evacuations for Ojai neighborhoods north of Grand Avenue.  (News media)

2022:  Ventura County – North Coast area:  Boundary of Hwy 33 on the North to Casitas Vista Road.  NW to Highway 150.  Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Rd) west to Us 101.  South on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach. 

Additional evacuations consist of:  City of Santa Paula – to Thomas Aquinas. Dickenson Ranch Road east to Santa Paula Creek.  Bondary of Monte Vista Street north to city limits.  Foothill Road from Steckel to Peck Road to north of city limits.  (VC OES)

1222:  Over 50,000 people affected by evacuations  6 shelters are open and taking in evacuees.  Locations at readyventuracounty.org. (VCFD_PIO)

WEATHER REPORTS. 

 

1507:  A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for an extended period of time across much of S CAL through Saturday.  High wind warnings are in effect for most of LA  and Ventura Counties, mountains and valleys.  

1443:  Epic winds forecasted and extremely dry conditions.  How people can #PrepareNOW to evacuate.  Follow these personal rules firefighters share with their families.

How to Prepare for an Evacuation. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

“Please be safe with fire and ignition sources” (Credit:  NWS Los Angeles)

1259:  Winds changed direction from offshore to onshore. Winds are pushing smoke into the west part of Counties Ventura, Oxnard and towards Camarillo. Severe impact on air-quality and visibility is also occurring. (VCFD_PIO)

0949:  Forecasts for Santa Ana winds to continue to elevate fire danger in the Southern part of the State with expectant winds to reach 80 mph on Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Any new fires will have extreme levels of fire growth, so it is important for you and your family to have a plan to evacuate safely. (CAL FIRE)

FIRE  SURVIVOR RESOURCES

Mobile Medical Unit:  Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Providing care for those in need.

Emergency Alert:  Strong winds overnight creating extreme fire danger. Stay alert and listen to authorities.  (VCSO)

Counseling, Crisis Intervention:  Disaster Response teams from the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department will be available at shelters to assist with services to those individuals and/or families displaced and traumatized by the fire. They are also assisting with community referrals.  You can reach them 24/7 through a toll-free hotline at 866-998-2243.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

UWVC:  Text 41444.  100% of donations go to those impacted by the fire will benefit all fire survivors.

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/6/2017 2345 hours PST

 

 

 

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Firestorm: #ThomasFire Raging | 3

VENTURA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA | A fast-moving brush fire ignited on Monday night, December 4, 2017, that was reported initially at 500 acres would quickly turn into a runaway firestorm.  The fire started just North of Santa Paula near Highway 150.  The fire has burned into the City Limits of Ventura and is said to be heading towards Highway 33 and the ocean.

Multiple additional wildfires are also burning:  #CreekFire #RyeFire, which we will cover in an additional post.

One fatality has been released from the fire when there was an auto accident that occurred.

UPDATE 2 & 3 – DECEMBER 5, 2017 (Morning & Evening Updates)

Fire map presented on 12/5/2017 at 0700 PST. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

1752:  Control objectives have been received from CAL FIRE as of 1742 hours which are:

1) Keep the fire North of Hwy 126

2) Keep it South of Hwy 150 to Reeves Road to Hern Canyon Road to Nordhoff Ridge

3) East of Hwy 101

4) West of Toland Road.

New Management Objectives

1) Provide for/maintain public and first responder safety by using Incident Safety analysis process.

2)  Protect critical assets at risk to include any agricultural industries, historical assets within the fire area, infrastructure and improvements, watershed and transmission lines.

3) Utilize tactics that considers protection of sensitive natural and cultural resources in the Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

4) The Unified IC’s Leader’s intent is to ensure all communications are transparent throughout all levels of Command during the incident.

5)  To ensure financial responsibility for all assigned management and fire suppression tactics.

6) Foster and enhance community and political relationships.

7) To ensure all management actions and efforts will be focused upon while serving, safeguarding, protecting the citizens and natural resources within Ventura County.

RESOURCES

Fire

 

 

0943:  1,000 firefighters are on-scene in direct fire-attack operations.

Law Enforcement

1945:  150 Sheriff’s Office personnel with additional Officers from Santa Paula PD, Ventura PD and the CHP helping with evacuations and closures.

UPDATES

Official Fire Updates

2326:  Weather forecasters are stating current fire weather conditions are “extremely critical” will re-develop late Tuesday night (12/5/2017) across even broader path of Southern California.  Bone-dry RH, very strong Santa Ana winds with gusts over 60 mph and warming temps through Thursday are not what Fire Managers want to hear or see. This will impact both wildfires of the Thomas Fire and Creek Fire.

1407:  Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, Los Padres NF and Ventura City FD. 50,000 acres.

1053:  The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office reported around this time their station’s 9-1-1 system was down and calls were being rerouted and were asking callers to be patient as Dispatchers may be unfamiliar with the area and require them to ask additional questions.  They stated the cause was due to a power outage.

0943:  50,500 acres.  0% containment status.  Fire being pushed by strong east winds.  Fire has burned into the City limits of Ventura.

0700: 31,000 acres. 0% containment. Unknown number of damage to structures, vehicles and other assets.  Cities Ventura and Santa Paula, along with the County of Ventura have proclaimed local emergencies. The fire has been listed as out-of-control with some structures reported as being on fire, while others are being threatened.

Fire Maps  (Credit of VCFD_PIO).

Fire Map at 1609 hours (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for an Evacuation  

#1 :  Get ready, this is a notification only but you should get prepared.  #2 : Get your family set to go at a moment’s notice. Danger is in the area and you should be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  #3 :  Danger is here and you and your family need to EVACUATE NOW.

Public Safety Updates

Text 888-777 with your zip code for Public Safety Updates.

Boil Water Order  

Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs, Foster Park and entire City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink.

SOCIAL MEDIA REPORTS  

 

2306:  News media reporting fire has jumped the 101 freeway near Solimar beach.

2235:  Fire is now burning in the the City of Moorpark (Rye Fire).

2232:  Fire has now burned to the Pacific Ocean.

2230:  Fire can be seen while driving from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles as fire racing down the slopes.

2207:  NBCLA just reported flames are going down hillside on Sulphur Mtn. Rd. in Ojai.

2133:  fire has reached Hwy 101 NB towards Santa Barbara and has jumped the freeway.

2101:  A fire image posted on Social Media shows a photographer has been taking photos all day and in one photo is shows flames burning down the ridge above Hwy 101 in the Seacliff/Faria Beach area, just west of Ventura.

1940:  Fire raging toward the sea, Hwy 101 will need to close soon.

1220:  The 747 SuperTanker has been activated on a CAL FIRE call when needed contract and was due to arrive today at 1500 or 1600 hours at McClellan near Sacramento.

1153:  One reported on Social Media the obvious and the most dangerous of all:  ‘5 more days of strong Santa Ana winds and already 4 wildfires burning in Southern Cal that are completely out of control. 80 mph gusts Thursday.’

1020:  Nearly 50,000 acres of land burned and hundreds of structures destroyed.

0800:  31,000 acres burned.  27,000 forced to evacuated.  150 buildings destroyed.

0246:  Blocks of buildings in Ventura burn during Santa Ana winds blow.

0206:  Fire reported above the Ventura County Medical Center.

0015:  Flames from the #ThomasFire can be seen from takeoff at LAX reported by one air traveler.

FIRE IMAGES

 Credit:  Christopher Medina. (Image 1)

EVACUATIONS  

1945:  Ventura County North Coast Area Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, NW to Hwy 150, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to Us 101 and south on US 101 (all of Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach.

City of Santa Paula:  Boundary of Say Rd north to Thomas Aquinas, Dickenson Ranch Rd East to Santa Paul Creek.  Boundary of Monte Vista Street north to city limits.  Foothill Rd from Steckel to Peck Rd to north of city limits.

Santa Paula (unincorporated area towards Ventura) North of Foothill Road from Peck Road to Wells Road including Wheeler Canyon, Aliso Canyon and Rancho Vista.

City of Ventura:  Victoria Road east to Hill Road.  Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road.  North Ashwood Avenue east to Hill Road. Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road.  North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street.  North of Main Street from Seward Avenue to Hwy 33 (including all of Ventura Avenue).

Oak View:  Boundary of Hwy 33, Creek Road and Hermosa Road.

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Evacuation Map on 12/5/2017. (Credit: Ventura County OES)

City of Moorpark:  1518:  Voluntary evacuation order for portions of City of Fillmore conducted by CHP Moorpark and the City of Fillmore. (#RyeFire) 

INFRASTRUCTURE REPORTS

 

0003:  Major power line and SoCal Edison two substations supplying City of Ventura power will be seriously compromised by fire in the next 20 minutes.

SHELTERS

 Ventura County Fairgrounds

Miners Building.  For all types/sizes of animals.  10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA  93001.

Nordhoff High School

1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023.

Oxnard College Gym

CLOSURE LIST

Unified School Districts

Simi Valley Unified School District and Ventura Unified School District.

Charter Schools

University Prep Charter School. VCOE Career Ed Center sites.  VCOE-Operated School Sites and classrooms.

Elementary School Districts

Hueneme Elementary School District, Mesa Union Elementary School District, Mupu Elementary School District, Ocean View Elementary School District, Oxnard Elementary School District, Rio Elementary School District, Santa Clara Elementary School District.

High Schools

 ACE Charter HS, Oxnard Union HS School District. (www.vcoe.org)

DONATION DRIVES

December 7, 2017

Rancho Campana HS (RCHS ASB) donation drive.  0700 – 1300.  We have reached out to the organization for their address. We are awaiting for information.

Firefighters ask you defer all donations from them towards Fire Survivors

Firefighters thanked their communities for the large outpouring of willingness to donate to them but are actually deferring donors to give to the Fire Victims:

Ventura County United Way.  http://www.vcunitedway.org   You can text them at UWVC to 41444, or online through their website or by calling them at 805-485-6288.  Checks may be sent to their office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite #100, Ventura, CA 93003.  Please write on the memo line, “Thomas Fire Fund”.  100% of the donations will go directly to assisting those who have been impacted by this fire incident.

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UPDATE 1 – December 4, 2017

 

Law Enforcement Resources: 100 VCSO personnel with additional LE personnel from Santa Paula, Ventura Police departments and CHP are helping with evacs and closures.

Fire Resources:  500 Firefighters are on the fire-ground currently in fire attack operations with additional resources en route.  2331: 4 Type 1 immediate need for strike teams for structure protection off of Polis Street.

Air Resources: Fixed wing aircraft along with helicopters are also en route and will be on-scene, if not already while we update this post to help with fire attack operations. (They were due to deploy at daybreak).

Current Status:  50 acres per minute and about an acre a second.  For anyone who knows about the rate of spread – that is ridiculously fast and more or less, a firestorm.  This is now a wind-drive fire with reports of up to 25 – 30 miles per hour. 2357:  Fire is now reported at 25,000 acres.  2350:  Structures are burning on Sexton Canyon Road and in Ondulando.  2347:  Fire is burning directly across from State Beaches in the hills above downtown Ventura. 2331:  New Spot Fire:  #CedarFire. Believed to be in Grant Park in downtown Ventura.  Is well ahead of the #ThomasFire head at 50 acres. 2256:  The fire has impacted Wheeler Ridge, Adams Canyon, Harmon Canyon (eastern edge of Ventura), passed Victoria.

Social Media Reports:  2315:  Fire can be seen from the NWS Los Angeles (weather service) building.  (2315 hours).

Infrastructure:  Due to power lines near Santa Paula in Ventura County, power outages have been reported in Santa Barbara with 51,000 + customers and 106,000 + customers in Ventura County.

Weather Reports:  2351:  Fremont Canyon Weather Station reports sustained winds of 47 MPH (from the ENE) with gusts to 69 MPH. RH:13% Temp: 52.0*

Evacuations:  Mandatory evacuations were issued and in effect by the Ventura County Sheriff Office for the following areas: 1) 436 homes located East of Dickenson Road. 2) North of Monte Vista Drive (along Highway 150) 3) South of Thomas Aquinas College to area of Bridge Road. 4) 154 homes located West of Dickenson Road. 5) West of Foothill Road and 6) West to Wheeler Canyon Road. 7) 213 homes located North of Highway 150 from Koehlgstein Road. 8) West to Dennison Grade.  9) North to Reeves Road. 10) East to McAndrew Road. 11) North to Grand Avenue.

Road Closures:   Soft Closures require resident to present Photo ID to gain access to their homes. (per the VCSO):  Wheeler Canyon Road @ Foothill Road; Highway 150 @ Reeves Road; Highway 150 @ Santa Barbara Street.  Hard Closures are for Public Safety personnel only but all drivers should avoid this area to allow for emergency response and fire suppression resources room to work and access.  Highway 150 @ Sisar Road and @ Stonegate Road.  Wells Road @ Foothill Road and Peck Road @ Foothill Road.

A firestorm is defined as a raging fire of great intensity, that spreads rapidly. Taken on Monday, December 4, 2017. (Photo Credit: VCFD_PIO)

OUR UPDATES

We will be providing updates as we receive them. Due to the fluid of this incident, we will be making updates throughout the day and evening until it is has been fully contained and put out.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to those fighting the fire, incident command, in the air and on the ground, EMS, Law Enforcement and all 1st Responders involved directly/indirectly.  We are also thinking of those who are fleeing their homes and pray that you all evacuate safely.  Your lives matter and cannot be replaced – but your “things” can be.  Please be safe friends no matter where your journeys may take you.

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/5/2017 2355 hours PST

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Firestorm: #ThomasFire Raging | 2

Ventura County, California | A fast-moving brush fire ignited on Monday night, December 4, 2017, that was reported at 500 acres would soon turn into a runaway firestorm.  The fire started just North of Santa Paula near Highway 150.  The fire has burned into the City Limits of Ventura and heading towards Highway 33. The fire is currently estimated at 31,000 as of 0700 hours on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Strong easterly winds are pushing.  Some reports are saying that the fire is being pushed towards the ocean and how there is a lot of real estate between the City and sea.

Current fire conditions as of Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Resources

There are 100 VCSO personnel with additional Law Enforcement personnel from Santa Paula and Ventura Police Departments and with the aid of CHP tasked with evacuations and closures.

500 Firefighters are on the fire-ground currently in fire attack operations with additional resources en route.

Fixed wing aircraft along with helicopters are also en route and will be on-scene, if not already while we update this post to help with fire attack operations. (They were due to deploy at daybreak).

Rate of Spread

12/5/2017:

The fire is now deemed a Firestorm (we have officially classified it as one).  Fire crews are having difficulty accessing certain areas due to the fire intensity. There is a 0% containment at this time.  Fire is deemed to have destroyed 31,000 acres of land. There is an unknown amount of damage to structures, vehicles and other valued assets.

12/4/2017:

50 acres per minute and about an acre a second.  For anyone who knows about the rate of spread – that is ridiculously fast and more or less, a firestorm.  This is now a wind-drive fire with reports of up to 25 – 30 miles per hour. (12/4/2017)

Fire is now reported at 25,000 acres. (12/4/2017 – 2357 hours)

Tuesday’s Fire Map on December 5, 2017. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Current Impacts

Current impacts are events occurring in real-time and information released from various sources related to fire operations, what is being seen on the fire ground, what is being said on Social Media.

12/5/2017:

The fire has been listed as out-of-control with some structures reported as being on fire, while others are being threatened.  (0700 hours)

Cities Ventura and Santa Paula, along with the County of Ventura have proclaimed local emergencies. (0700 hours)

Flames from the #ThomasFire can be seen from takeoff at LAX (0015 hours) reported by one air traveler.

Major power line and SoCal Edison two substations supplying City of Ventura power will be seriously compromised by fire in the next 20 minutes. (0003  hours)

#MobileHomeParkFires. Brush fire call reported at Shell Road & Highway 33.  Mobile home park now on fire with propane tanks exploding.  Fire now in the foothills of Ventura, now impacted by fire.  Erratic fire reported. (0003 hours)

12/4/2017:

The fire has impacted Wheeler Ridge, Adams Canyon, Harmon Canyon (eastern edge of Ventura), passed Victoria  (2256 hours).

Due to power lines near Santa Paula in Ventura County, power outages have been reported in Santa Barbara with 51,000 + customers and 106,000 + customers in Ventura County.

Fremont Canyon Weather Station reports sustained winds of 47 MPH (from the ENE) with gusts to 69 MPH. RH:13% Temp: 52.0* (2351 hours)

 #CedarFire.  New spot fire. Believed to be in Grant Park in downtown Ventura.  Is well ahead of the #ThomasFire head at 50 acres. 4 Type 1 immediate need for strike teams for structure protection off of Polis Street. (2331 hours)

Structures are burning on Sexton Canyon Road and in Ondulando (2350 hours).

Fire is burning directly across from State Beaches in the hills above downtown Ventura. (2347 hours)

Fire can be seen from the NWS Los Angeles (weather service) building. (12/4/2017 – 2315 hours).

Mandatory Evacuations

12/5/2017:

Ventura County Sheriff Office currently working on hospital evacuation. (0011 hours)

12/4/2017:

Mandatory evacuations were issued and in effect by the Ventura County Sheriff Office for the following areas:

436 homes located East of Dickenson Road; North of Monte Vista Drive (along Highway 150), South of Thomas Aquinas College to area of Bridge Road.

154 homes located West of Dickenson Road; West of Foothill Road and West to Wheeler Canyon Road.

213 homes located North of Highway 150 from Koehlgstein Road; West to Dennison Grade; North to Reeves Road; East to McAndrew Road; North to Grand Avenue.

The Thomas Aquinas College has stated all precautionary evacuations of their campus has been completed; everyone is okay and safe.

Shelters

12/5/2017:

Ventura County Fairgrounds @ Miners Building.  For all types/sizes of animals.  10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA  93001. (Opened as of 12/4/2017)

Nordhoff High School.  1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023. (Opened as of 12/4/2017)

Oxnard College Gym. No address known. (Opened 12/5/2017 @ 0700 hours)

Road Closures

12/4/2017:

Soft Closures require resident to present Photo ID to gain access to their homes. (per the VCSO):  Wheeler Canyon Road @ Foothill Road; Highway 150 @ Reeves Road; Highway 150 @ Santa Barbara Street.

Hard Closures are for Public Safety personnel only but all drivers should avoid this area to allow for emergency response and fire suppression resources room to work and access.  Highway 150 @ Sisar Road and @ Stonegate Road.  Wells Road @ Foothill Road and Peck Road @ Foothill Road.

A firestorm is defined as a raging fire of great intensity, that spreads rapidly. Taken on Monday, December 4, 2017. (Photo Credit: VCFD_PIO)

Fatalities

One person was reported by the Fire Department as involved in a motor-vehicle accident or MVA related to the fire.

Updates

We will be providing updates as we receive them. Due to the fluid of this incident, we will be making updates throughout the day and evening until it is has been fully contained and put out.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to those fighting the fire, incident command, in the air and on the ground, EMS, Law Enforcement and all 1st Responders involved directly/indirectly.  We are also thinking of those who are fleeing their homes and pray that you all evacuate safely.  Your lives matter and cannot be replaced – but your “things” can be.  Please be safe friends no matter where your journeys may take you.

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/5/2017 0800 hours PST

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