Fires and Fire Conditions Continue in Ventura County

Oxnard, California – The Thomas Fire continues to burn in several Ventura County areas. Since Monday the fire has burned an estimated 65,000 acres, including areas in the communities of Santa Paula, Ojai and Ventura. The fire has also burned significant acreage in many unincorporated areas of the county. The fire remains driven by strong Easterly winds, and as of 8 a.m. today is zero percent contained.

More than 1,000 firefighters and 100 law enforcement officers are deployed on the fire with additional units en route. Resources from the Oxnard Fire and Police Departments are actively assisting with the response. Sporadic power outages continue and numerous roads and highways are closed in and around the fire areas. Due to power failures, the water systems in the communities of Ventura, Foster Park, Upper Ojai Valley and Casitas Springs have been compromised and citizens have been advised to boil their water before use.

At this time there is no threat or active fire in the City of Oxnard and the municipal water system is functioning normally and the water supply is safe to drink.

 

High winds and severe fire conditions are expected to continue through Friday of this week, and residents are asked to use extreme caution when driving and be aware of hazards such as malfunctioning traffic signals, blowing dust, responding emergency vehicles, downed trees, branches and powerlines. In addition, anyone with respiratory sensitivities and medical conditions should avoid strenuous activities and remain indoors due to blowing smoke and dust.  

 

As a result of the fire, many local school districts have cancelled classes today (Wednesday, Dec. 6), including all Oxnard elementary, middle and high schools.

Residents are urged to monitor local media reports for information and NOT call 911 unless they have an immediate emergency situation. Oxnard City officials 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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