Encampment Debris Fire | Santa Clara River & River Haven

Date Of Release: 10/17/2021

Fire Incident Number: 21-0089040

Incident Commander: Ventura City Fire Dept., Battalion 7, Matt Brock

Incident Type: Encampment debris fire

Date/Time of Incident: 10/17/2021 14:08pm

Incident Location: River Haven/ Santa Clara River, Ventura, CA

Cause/Origin: Unattended fire

Injuries Reported: None

Units Committed On-Scene: Four engines, one water tender, Two Battalion Chiefs

Total Fire Personnel On-Scene: 4

Agencies Involved: Ventura City Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department


Ventura City and County fire units responded to a reported vegetation fire near the River Haven encampment area adjacent to the Santa Clara River and Olivas Park golf course. Units arrived to find a growing wind driven fire in thick vegetation next to the encampment. Aggressive work by firefighters was able to halt the fire and keep it from significant growth and threat to nearby developed areas. The fire was contained and fully extinguished in approximately 2 hours. The cause was determined to be from an unattended cooking/warming fire. No responsible party was identified, and no significant injuries were reported. Several firefighters did suffer exposure to burning poison oak and self-treated including decontamination of safety clothing and equipment immediately after the fire.

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