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Suspect arrested in Ventura Structure Fire

Suspect arrested in Ventura Structure Fire

On 7/18/18 at 10:23 AM, the Ventura Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a residence in the 7000 block of Brannan Street.  Their investigation determined the cause of the fire was arson.  Ventura Police Major Crimes detectives assisted with the investigation and determined Katherine Britigan was responsible for starting the fire.  On 7/26/18 […]

Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

Local Fire Departments Advise Emergency Preparedness

By Lori Denman Many people in local Ventura communities think back to the nights of the Thomas Fire and may also regret a lack of preparedness. The Oxnard and Ventura Fire Departments personnel experienced many preventable mistakes during this particular disaster. Oxnard Fire Chief Darwin Base and Ventura Public Information Officer Steve Swindle shared messages […]

Fire on Brannan St. in Ventura

Fire on Brannan St. in Ventura

At approximately 10:23am a passerby on Brannan St. in East Ventura notified the Fire Command Center that black smoke was pouring from a window of a single story single family residence and it was unknown if anyone was inside. Fire personnel arrived on scene and forced open the door to the residence and commenced a […]

Fire destroys Simi Valley apartment

Fire destroys Simi Valley apartment

Simi Valley Police Department – Incident Press Release  .  On May 22, 2018, at 11:00 am, Simi Valley Police Officers responded to 1560 Patricia Avenue to assist the Ventura County Fire Department with an apartment fire.  . The renter was not present when the fire broke out and no humans were injured; however, a dog […]

Fire on the 101 Freeway — Ventura Crews Quickly Puts Out Trailer Fire

Fire on the 101 Freeway — Ventura Crews Quickly Puts Out Trailer Fire

Ventura City Fire units responded to a report of an overturned pickup truck and trailer on the 101 Freeway at Sunday, April 29, 2018, 11:30 AM..  A trailer was on fire, with people trapped inside truck. First arriving unit reported all occupants out, two victims in need of medical care, and a toy-hauler travel trailer […]

“Fire Walk With Us” | A Fire Ecology Workshop featuring Richard Halsey and Lanny Kaufer 5-5-18

“Fire Walk With Us” | A Fire Ecology Workshop featuring Richard Halsey and Lanny Kaufer 5-5-18

Following his sold-out presentation in February, chaparral ecologist and author Richard Halsey will return to Ojai to join native plant guide Lanny Kaufer for a fire ecology field workshop on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. entitled “Fire Walk With Us” (with apologies to David Lynch’s 1992 film of a similar name). This event […]

Facing complications, many Santa Rosa fire victims decide to move on

Facing complications, many Santa Rosa fire victims decide to move on

LOS ANGELES—Like so many fire victims who escaped with nothing but their lives, 68-year-old Dorothea Shipp had decided to leave California. She’d been traumatized by the catastrophic fire …

Fireplace site of House Fire on Vista Del Mar Dr. in Ventura

Fireplace site of House Fire on Vista Del Mar Dr. in Ventura

In the 2000 Block of Vista Del Mar Drive, residents were asleep in bed at 1:30 am when they were awakened by the sound of their fire detector and found their home to be filled with light smoke. They immediately called 911 and evacuated the house. Firefighters entered the structure, and located an area where […]

Fire Departments Make Quick Work of Vegetation Blazes around the County

Fire Departments Make Quick Work of Vegetation Blazes around the County

Two vegetation fires broke out in the County on Sunday/early morning Monday as humidity levels dropped to single digits and temperatures climbed to unseasonable levels.  Crews were on high alert as the Santa Ana winds returned.  One fire broke out in the Ventura River, the other in the 6300 block of Balcom Canyon Rd. Once […]

Firefighters have never seen a wildfire like this one

Firefighters have never seen a wildfire like this one

OJAI, Calif. — Over the last three weeks, the Thomas fire has burned its way through the history books with a menacing pattern. Powerful Santa Ana winds push flames through hillsides, mountains and canyons at a rapid pace firefighters can do little to control.

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