Storm Preparedness

Many areas in the county are susceptible to mudslides even without the impact the Thomas Fire has had on hillsides. The Thomas Fire has stripped hundreds of square miles of mountains and hillsides leaving no vegetation to hold the soil in place.  According to geologists who have surveyed the burn area, heavy storms could bring enough rain to cause mud and debris flows in areas that were impacted by the Thomas Fire. Members of the community need to be aware that debris flows can occur suddenly and without warning.    

For up to date information visit vcemergency.com.

Sandbags Available While Supplies Last

Free sand and sandbags are available for city of Ventura residents (while supplies last) at:

  • City of Ventura, Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road (public parking lot)
  • Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road (lower lot)

Residents are asked to bring their own shovel.

Voluntary Evacuations

The voluntary evacuation order has been lifted for all areas in the City of Ventura and unincorporated North Ventura Avenue areas to Casitas Vista Rd. Please exercise caution when returning to your residence. Thank you for your cooperation.

La orden de evacuación voluntaria ha sido cancelada para todas las áreas en la Ciudad de Ventura y áreas no incorporadas de Norte la Avenida Ventura a Casitas Vista Rd. Por favor, tenga cuidado al regresar a su residencia. Gracias por su cooperación.    

Road Closures 

  • Ventura
    • NB 101 at Highway 150
  • Casitas Springs
    • Nye Rd (both directions) at Highway 33
  • Ojai
    • Highway 33 at Fairview Road to Lockwood Valley Road
    • Matilija Rd to Highway 33
    • Rice Rd at Meyer Rd.
  • La Conchita
    • Santa Barbara St. to Surfside St.

Take Action 

Residents need to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.  Be aware, stay tuned-in and help your neighbors, friends and families stay up to date.  

Community members are encouraged to stay informed about advisories and emergencies by:

Additional information about storm preparation can be found at the following website: http://venturacountyrecovers.org/category/rain-ready/ The website also contains an interactive map produced by the United States Geological Survey that shows the potential debris flow hazard for areas in and around the Thomas Fire burn area.   

In the aftermath of the Thomas Fire, the potential for flooding, debris flows, and erosion is greatly increased. Homeowners should consult an erosion control professional for assistance. Residents can learn how to manage excessive hillside erosion and protect infrastructure from sedimentation/slides from areas impacted by the fire by visiting the Erosions and Sediment Control Post Thomas Fire Resources at http://venturacountyrecovers.org/erosion-sediment-control-post-thomas-fire-resources-faqs/.

Residents are also encouraged to visit these websites for more helpful information: http://readyventuracounty.org/images/pdf/rsg_flood%20preparation_web.pdf, https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2005/3104/, and https://landslides.usgs.gov/hazards/ .