Oxnard Fire Department Assisting in Response to the Thomas Fire

Oxnard, California – The Thomas Fire, which was reported at approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday, continues to burn in the cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and unincorporated areas of Ventura County. The fire has burned more than 43,500 acres and is zero percent contained. As a result of the fire, large areas of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have experienced power outages. Oxnard police and fire units are providing mutual aid and assisting with the response.

At this time there is no immediate threat to the City of Oxnard. Due to the power outages and poor air quality, all Oxnard schools are closed today (Tuesday, Dec. 5).  High wind conditions are expected to continue throughout the day and the region may experience intermittent power outages as a result. Oxnard residents are advised to use extreme caution when driving and be aware of hazards such as malfunctioning traffic signals, downed trees, branches, and power lines.

Residents should monitor local media reports for information and NOT call 911 unless they have an immediate emergency situation.  Oxnard City officials will continue to work with the County of Ventura and closely monitor the situation. The public will be advised of any changes or hazards.

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

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