Oxnard: Thomas Fire Update

Oxnard, California – The Thomas Fire has now consumed more than 242,500 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and is 30 percent contained. Intensive fire control and containment efforts continue. Resources from the Oxnard Police and Fire Departments remain actively involved in the response.

While there is no fire actively burning in the City of Oxnard, air quality remains moderate to poor due to smoke generated by the fire. It is expected that over the next three to five days, air quality will continue to vary based on fire and wind conditions. As the winds shift throughout the day, residents can expect smoke conditions in Oxnard to range from light to heavy. Forecasts suggest that smoky conditions may increase in the afternoon hours and then reduce in the evening. 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, you should consider temporarily moving out of the area and contacting your doctor.

Due to poor air quality, all Oxnard public schools are closed for the remained of this week.

The City of Oxnard is providing Free particulate masks (N-95) to the public and to city employees. Regular and small sizes are available. Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will be available until supplies last or the necessity passes. The city will distribute only a few to each person to allow everyone the opportunity to receive a mask.

Mask Distribution Locations:

Oxnard Main Library

251 South ‘A’ St.

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

South Oxnard Branch Library

4300 Saviers Road

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Colonia Branch Library

1500 Camino del Sol #26

Monday-Thursday: noon – 6 p.m.

Oxnard Service Center

214 South C St.

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alternate Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oxnard Human Resources

300 West 3rd St.

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alternate Fridays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oxnard Fire Department Administration

360 W 2nd St

8 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the front lobby

As a reminder there is no threat or active fire in the City of 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.

Additional Fire and Air Quality Information:

Fire Information (including locations, evacuations and street closures): www.readyventuracounty.org.

Thomas Fire Recovery: www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org

Ventura County Air Quality: www.vcapcd.org/

Fire Response, Recovery, Clean-up and Air Quality: https://calepa.ca.gov/disaster/fire/

 

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