The Thomas fire started on December 4, 2017 and burned approximately 281,893 acres across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Post-fire soil conditions in areas adjacent to mountains and hills are well known for their ability to produce rock and debris flows. These rock and debris flow form rapidly, and the outcome is often devastating during high-intensity rainfall. Additionally, areas that are not typically prone to flooding may
now be at new risk due to higher than usual flows in nearby streams and creeks.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has provided the below document to provide information and helpful tips to prepare, and has scheduled an informational town hall meeting at the following times:

February 17, 2018 – Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Rd., Oak View, CA
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Zone 6 & 9
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Zone 10
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Zone 7 & 8

The City of Ojai has completed modeling of potential debris and will briefly review at the February 13 Council meeting at the end of the related Police Department presentation. The resulting maps will be presented by staff to the public at the Post-fire debris flow community safety meeting scheduled at the Oak View Community Center on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM; this time is designated for Zone 10 – residents in the areas of Highway 33 Corridor, Meiners Oaks, Oak View and City of Ojai. City staff will be available at this time to assist with understanding the maps.