Maria Fire | Nov. 1: 10:37 p.m. EST | Warning Alert
Emergency crews are responding to a brush fire near Santa Paula, Calif., US, late Nov. 1. Evacuation orders in place.

 

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This alert began 02 Nov 2019 02:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Nov 2019 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Ventura County, Calif.
  • Start Date: Evening Oct. 31
  • Impact: Evacuations and ground transport disruptions; possible power outages

 

Summary

Emergency crews are working to contain an estimated 3531-hectare (8730 acre) wildfire that is burning south of Santa Paula in Ventura County, California, as of late Nov. 1. Officials indicated that the fire is 0-percent contained. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire; strong winds are hampering firefighting efforts and may continue to do so over the coming days.

Evacuations
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in for area north of Highway 118, south of Highway 126, east of Campanula Avenue and West Los Angeles Avenue, and west of Balcom County Road, South 12th Street, and South Mountain Road. An emergency shelter for displaced residents has opened at Camarillo Community Center, and facilities for small animals have opened at Camarillo Animal Shelter and the Ojai Humane Society. Ventura County Fairgrounds is available as shelter to large animals. Authorities could expand the mandatory evacuation orders depending on evolving wildfire conditions.

Transport and Utilities
Officials closed South Mountain Road between 12th Street and Balcom Canyon. Clubhouse Drive, La Vista Road, and Price Road are also all closed at their intersections with East Los Angles Avenue (Highway 118). Additionally, La Loma Avenue is closed between Walnut Avenue and Center Road, and Berylwood Road is closed at its intersection with Aggen Road. The status of nearby roads may change over the coming hours and days; authorities could continue to close routes around the area due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Traffic flows could also be disrupted during reentry periods after authorities lift evacuation orders. Low visibility from smoke and possible ashfall could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region. Power outages are also possible.


 

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours will cause increased congestion and delays. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke. Collect essential items - including identification and any important legal and travel documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Charge battery-powered devices in case of prolonged power outages.

 

Resources

Ventura County Incident Information: www.vcemergency.com
Ventura County Fire Department Twitter: www.twitter.com/VFCD