Governor Brown has declared a State of Emergency in Ventura County due to the Thomas Fire

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Governor Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for Ventura County due to the effects of the Thomas fire. The fast moving, active brush fire started the late afternoon on Monday, December 5 north of Santa Paula had spread into the Ventura city limits mandating 150,000 people to evacuate. As of December 6, 7:07am, the fire devastation is currently estimated at 65,000 acres with 0% containment and is being pushed by strong east winds. Emergency fire response are mobilizing and are anticipated to begin airstrikes on Tuesday, December 6. The fire is still out of control with 100 homes destroyed and anticipated to grow by hundreds and 12,000 structures threatened.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Creek fire in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills forced thousands to flee and 30 homes were lost. The fire is now at 11,377 acres and o% contained. A significant number of others are without electricity in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Fire crews from many different agencies are actively working on the incident. CalFire reports that 1,776 fire fighters are on scene with additional fire resources enroute. Hundreds of public safety personnel are assisting with evacuations and road closures.

AIA Ventura Chapter is in the process of reaching out to chapter members and determining immediate needs. We are wishing the best for all, and will actively monitor and report on the situation.

Contact Melissa Barton, AIACC Government Affairs Program Coordinator, 916-642-1711/ or Mary Follenweider, AIA Ventura County Board Member, 720-839-4532/




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