Thomas Fire Continues to Grow

Oxnard, California – The Thomas Fire, which started on Monday, Dec. 4, has now burned approximately 132,000 acres and is reportedly 10 percent contained. The fire continues to burn and threaten unincorporated areas in Ventura County and the communities of Ventura, Santa Paula, Casitas Springs, Oak View, Ventura, Ojai, Fillmore, Moorpark, Matilija Canyon and Carpinteria. The Los Padres National Forest, Sespe Wilderness, and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary are also threatened. The fire continues to grow and burn aggressively west towards the Santa Barbara County Line. Resources from the Oxnard Fire and Police Departments continue to assist with the response, and Oxnard College is operating an evacuation shelter for displaced fire victims. At this time there is no threat or active fire in the City of Oxnard!

 

As a result of the heavy smoke conditions, all Oxnard elementary, middle, and high schools are closed today, Friday, Dec. 8. Because of smoke blowing into Oxnard, some local businesses and shopping centers have chosen to close for the comfort of their customers and employees. Sporadic power outages continue throughout the region due to fire and wind conditions. Additionally, numerous roads and highways are closed in and around the fire areas, including intermittent closures of Highway 150, Highway 33 and US 101 north of the City of Ventura.

As the winds shift throughout the day, residents can expect that smoke conditions in Oxnard can range from light to heavy. 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.

 

High winds and “Red Flag” fire conditions are expected to continue throughout the weekend. Residents are asked to use extreme caution when driving and to be aware of hazards, such as malfunctioning traffic signals, blowing dust, responding emergency vehicles, downed trees, branches and powerlines.

 

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.

 

More information and updates are available at: www.readyventuracounty.org .


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2 Responses to Thomas Fire Continues to Grow

  1. Joanna Gentry December 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Carpinteria, not Carpenteria. Otherwise, good job. I get a lot of my “news” from you.

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