Welcome to our website! Wildfires are now a year-round reality in southern California. Fueled by build-ups of dry vegetation and driven by hot, dry winds, they are extremely dangerous and can be almost impossible to control. We hope that you will find the information presented in the site to be helpful.
The question is not if a wildfire will occur, but when a wildfire will occur.
2015 FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS CLASS FOR HIRED EQUIPMENT VENDORS
On February 21 and February 22 the CVCFSC offered workshops to over 55 participants. Check back for future class dates to be offered later in 2015. For more information please contact Jenise at (805) 804-7735.
11.5.14 Fire Safety Tips
As we approach the end of 2014 and the end of the third year of the worst drought on record here in Ventura County and throughout California, we are all aware of the long term effects of the lack of rain. Despite a nice rain bringing up to 1" in some parts of the County, we just have to look around to see how dry it is.
With the onset of the Santa Ana season, east winds are starting to blow. High winds and tinder dry vegetation combined with just one spark can ignite and flare up in a few seconds.
Here are a few tips to think about when using machinery and equipment outside:
- Whenever possible, avoid operating machinery and equipment around dry vegetation during high wind events as sparks can fly!
- When clearing brush or vegetation, use the right equipment. For example use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall dry grass. Remove rocks from dry grass or weeds. Metal mower blades hitting a rock can start wildfires!
- Ensure chainsaws and other equipment have approved spark arrestors and if you are cutting, welding or grinding, do so in a paved enclosed area.
- Make sure you have water or a fire extinguisher available at all times.
- When you are on the road, make sure your vehicle brakes are well maintained. Never let your brake pads wear too thin. Metal on metal makes sparks.
- Never substitute parts when towing. Dragging chains will throw sparks. Only use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball.
- Watch where you park as vehicles parked too closely to dry vegetation can start fires.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and know how to use it!
For local weather conditions and forecasts, check the NWS website at www.weather.gov/losangeles. In the event of a fire in your area, check the Fireline website at http://fireline.ventura.org.
STAY ALERT AND REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES!
Effective immediately, we have made some changes and additions to how agricultural and nursery employers will be able to request Ag Passes for their employees. You can now choose one or more of the following options:
Online, by downloading the request form and completing it. Return via email with a photograph in .jpg format to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will mail the cards to the employer within one week of receipt of the completed request and photo.
2. Schedule an onsite session at their workplace for instant issue of the cards by emailing email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
New in November, 2014:
Stop by either office of the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner during business hours to pick up request forms by visiting:
815 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula
555 Airport Way, Camarillo
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Weed Abatement Awareness:
This past winter was very dry here in Ventura County, with record low rainfall. You should have received your weed abatement notices by now and June 1 is the deadline to complete your clearance, although this should become a year-round effort. As you work on your clearance projects, think about this: Fire needs fuel to burn. Reducing the amount of fuel around your home and outbuildings will slow a fire's progress. Dispose of branches, brush and grasses in accordance with local regulations. "Ladder fuels" (the shrubs, vines and other flammable vegetation and debris that accumulate under the canopy of large trees) are one of the more significant ways wildfires gain strength and power. While you are required to clear 100 feet around your home, the most critical area remains the first 30 feet from the building. Consider fire resistant plants when doing your landscaping. For more information and tips, go to the Ventura County Fire Department's website or www.firewise.org.
Images From Ventura County Fires