Ventura County Resource Conservation District
In response to the Thomas Fire and subsequent rain events, the VCRCD was awarded "emergency" grant funds in January 2018 from the State Water Resources Control Board to reduce erosion on private and public lands impacted by wildfires within Ventura County, including the Santa Clara River and Ventura River Watersheds.
The project purchased erosion control materials such as straw, native seed, wattles, silt fencing, check dams, and other stormwater best management practices (BMPs)for installation in sensitive areas. The VCRCD prioritized projects and/or material needs based on potential water quality benefit, availability of appropriate qualified staff and equipment to perform the work, willingness of landowner to proceed with BMPs, and weather conditions. Eight (8) landowners throughout Ventura County received erosion control assistance through the program.
The Fire Recovery BMPs Program ended on March 31, 2018 and grant funds are no longer available.
The Fire Recovery BMPs Program expended grant funds to purchase the following erosion control supplies for landowners in need:
Stay Safe and Aware This Fire Season!
Although completely devastating in many areas, the Thomas Fire didn’t burn all of these areas with equal intensity. Within the fire’s perimeter, trees and brush in the chaparral and oak woodland ecosystems vary drastically in terms of fire damage. Fire danger remains in and adjacent to the Thomas Fire footprint, where the effects of prolonged drought have taken a toll on rural landscapes as evidenced by the presence of dead trees and brush. Take action and prepare your property now!
Erosion Control Installation Guides
Fire Prevention and Recovery
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. The lack of rainfall, coupled with an extended period of warm, dry windy weather, produced a series of catastrophic wildfires, to include the Thomas Fire. The Thomas Fire has been deemed the largest fire in California's modern recorded history. As the Thomas Fire was nearing full containment, a precipitation event from January 8-9, 2018 induced erosion activity in the steep hillslope areas impacted by the fire.