Oxnard City Offices to Close at 1 p.m. Today due to Poor Air Quality from Thomas Fire

Oxnard, California – In light of the poor air quality as a result of the Thomas Fire, and concerns about the health and safety of its employees, all City of Oxnard offices will close today at 1 p.m. All non-essential employees are being asked to go home and remain indoors. All essential public safety and utility personnel will remain on duty.

The Thomas Fire continues to burn in several Ventura County areas and has burned approximately 132,000 acres. While there is no active fire in the City of Oxnard, large amounts of smoke and particulates released by the fire can impact our area. Depending upon wind and fire conditions, smoke patterns can shift and vary greatly throughout the day. Smoke density in our area may range from light to very heavy.

Smoke from the fire can limit visibility on streets and roads, and can cause eye irritation and breathing problems, particularly for people with respiratory and medical conditions. Small children and the elderly may also be especially sensitive to dusty and smoky environments. Exposure to smoke and dust can cause eye-nose-and-throat irritation, coughing, nausea, headaches and nose bleeds.

 

During smoky conditions, residents are advised to limit their physical activity and stay indoors with windows and doors closed as much as possible. Running air conditioning units can also help reduce smoke levels indoors. The use of dust masks (particulate respirators) and eye protection may help reduce these effects but may not be effective for everyone. If you or a family member are experiencing severe or prolonged distress, consider temporarily moving out of the area and contacting your doctor.

 

As a reminder, there is no threat or active fire in Oxnard. The municipal water system is functioning normally and the water supply is safe to drink. There are no utility interruptions or shutdowns scheduled. Residents are urged to monitor local media reports for information and NOT call 911 unless they have an immediate emergency situation. For non-emergency matters, call 805-385-7740.

 

More information is available at: www.readyventuracounty.org .

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