Fire Departments Make Quick Work of Vegetation Blazes around the County

Two vegetation fires broke out in the County on Sunday/early morning Monday as humidity levels dropped to single digits and temperatures climbed to unseasonable levels.  Crews were on high alert as the Santa Ana winds returned.  One fire broke out in the Ventura River, the other in the 6300 block of Balcom Canyon Rd. Once again, those of us from Citizens Journal and residents of Ventura County want to thank our firefighters for their outstanding and difficult work. 

From the City of Ventura Fire Department press release: “On January 29th at 12:07 AM, Ventura City Fire was dispatched to a report of vegetation fire in the Ventura River.  Upon arrival crews found a 10’ x 30’ fire burning in arundo on an island surrounded by water.  Firefighters were eventually able to access the fire and extinguish it using hand tools and water from a 1000’ hose lay.  The fire was extinguished 3 hours after firefighter’s arrival.  No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.”

Ventura River Fire: Photo Credit, City of Ventura Fire

Ventura River Fire: Photo Credit, City of Ventura Fire

From an eye witness account: Around noon on January 28th at Noon, 10 engines and fire crews from Ventura County fire tackled a vegetation blaze in the 6300 block of Balcom Canyon Road, Somis.  Neighbors gathered wondering how they could evacuate their horses, one with over 30 to contend with. Two fire fighting helicopters were dispatched.  The blaze was out in less than half an hour. 

Crews on Balcom Canyon Road, Somis. Photo Credit: Jennifer Amodei

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