Ventura County Resource Conservation District
The Woolsey Fire started on November 8, 2018 and burned for 13 days in eastern Ventura County and western Los Angeles County before it was contained. It burned 96,949 acres, destroyed 1,500 structures, and resulted in 3 fatalities. This fast-moving brush fire was driven by wind gusts of up to 70 mph. The Hill Fire also started on November 8, 2018 burning 4,531 acres between the cities of Camarillo and Newbury Park. These fires were also attributed to prolonged drought and fierce winds.
Beginning on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire burned 281,893 acres across western Ventura County and eastern Santa Barbara County. Approximately 1,063 structures were destroyed, and 280 structures were damaged. The absence of significant precipitation in fall and winter 2017 caused fuels to become critically dry across the majority of Southern California. As the Thomas Fire was nearing full containment, a precipitation event from January 8-9, 2018 induced significant erosion activity in the steep hillslope areas impacted by the fire.
Woolsey & Hill Fires
Year-round fire threats are the new "norm" for Ventura County.
Given this new reality, it is very important for residents to sign up for emergency alerts and follow evacuation orders. If you haven't done so already, sign up for VC Alert, our local emergency notification system. Do it today!
Ventura County is Living with Fire
Stay Fire Safe and Aware!
Fire is a year-round reality here in Ventura County. Although completely devastating in many areas, the recent fires didn't burn these areas with equal intensity. Fire danger remains in and adjacent to burn areas. Now, more than ever, is the time to become educated on fire preparedness and recovery so that you can take necessary action.