Saturday, December 09, 2017

Thomas Fire Ventura County Aftermath | California Wildfires | December 9...

Update As Of December 8, 2017 on California Wildfire: The Thomas Fire is currently at 143,000 Acres with 10% Containment The fire continues to threaten structures in various parts of the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Santa Paula, Carpinteriea, Fillmore and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon. The fire is expected to spread towards Santa Barbara County, Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. A Red Flag Warning will remain in effect for the area. Mop-up continues in impacted city areas to support repopulation efforts. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter. Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and parts of the City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink. As of 12/7/17, the water boil order was lifted for certain parts of Ventura City. Please see the City of Ventura News Release for the updated map. Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke. In the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas, the air quality is extremely bad with the last couple of days at the Very Unhealthy/Hazardous levels. For additional air quality information, visit The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency. California Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency for Ventura County. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared an emergency for Ventura County. Curfew Update for the City of Ventura: The Curfew Order issued on 12/5/17 has been amended for the City of Ventura. The Curfew has been lifted in all areas with the exception of the following areas: North of Foothill Road between Kimball Road on the East and Day Road on the West. These neighborhoods include Clear Point, Skyline, Hidden Valley and Ondulando. Since these areas are part of the Mandatory Evacuation Zone, the curfew will be in effect 24 hours a day until further notice. Temporary residential access will be permitted on Saturday 12/9/17 and Sunday 12/10/17 during the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for residents who live in the areas affected by the Thomas Fire. The access will be by escort only. A check-in tent will be set up in the parking lot of Temple Beth Torah located at 7620 Foothill Road. Residents must be able to show proof of residency (Driver's License, Utility Bill, etc.) to be permitted to enter. Entry will be limited to 2 persons per household. Personal vehicles will not be allowed into the area. Residents will be driven to their home and allowed a 15-minute period of time to get personal necessities (clothing, medication, etc.). For safety purposes, access will not be permitted to home sites which have been destroyed or sustained damage that poses a safety risk. The National Guard Military Police have been brought in to assist the Ventura Police Department in serving and protecting the City of Ventura. Due to the countywide emergency mutual aid resources are limited and have been exhausted. Allied Law Enforcement Agencies have been assisting the Ventura Police Department but they must return to serving their own jurisdictions. The National Guard will be assisting the Ventura Police with traffic closures in the impacted areas and assisting with residential escorts described above. The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.

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