Maria Fire | Nov. 2: 6:47 p.m. EST | Warning Alert
Emergency crews make progress in fighting brush fire near Santa Paula, Calif., US, Nov. 2. Evacuation orders lifted.
This alert affects Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
This alert began 02 Nov 2019 22:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 03 Nov 2019 23:59 GMT.
- Incident: Wildfire
- Location: Ventura County, Calif.
- Start Date: Evening Oct. 31
- Impact: Evacuations lifted; continued ground transport disruptions; possible power outages
Emergency crews are reportedly making significant progress in fighting to contain a now-estimated 3,809-hectare (9,412 acre) wildfire that is burning south of Santa Paula in Ventura County, California, as of Nov. 2. While the overall affected area has grown slightly, officials indicated that the fire is now 20-percent contained. Authorities have not provided an estimated containment date for the fire; continued dry conditions are hampering firefighting efforts and may continue to do so over the coming days.
All evacuation orders have been lifted in relation to the fire. Shelters are in the process of demobilization; no overnight shelters remain available.
South Mountain Road between 12th Street and Balcom Canyon remains closed. 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.
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.