As the Camarillo Springs fire continues to threaten lives, homes, and businesses , I am extremely grateful for the work of our service leaders in the Ventura County Fire Department, CAL FIRE, and local responders. Over one thousand heroic Firefighters are battling against the wind, fatigue, and dry vegetation for a noble cause. Thank you to the outstanding service units for the valiant efforts against the fires. The great efforts by the Red Cross reflect the spirit of community we share in times of need. A big thank you as well to those who open their homes to displaced families and students. As residents watch and monitor the fires, we are cautioned at the powerful ways of natural disasters. As the fire continues and while our first responders are doing an extraordinary job, mother nature is unpredictable. Because of the unstable nature of the winds and the weather, it is important for everyone to stay alert and prepared should the fire change direction.
My thoughts are with those who are experiencing the anxiety and angst associated with being evacuated. As of now the poor air quality will keep us indoors as the fire continues. The plumes of smokes will be a visible reminder of fire safety and emergency management. With the swift leadership decisions and strategic planning, the Fire Departments were preemptive in moving resources for structural protection mode in our community. I look forward to working in the district for more emergency preparedness. We should all take this as a reminder of the importance of preparing for disasters before they arrive. I encourage you to create a disaster response plan for your family, or take some time to review your current plan. I look forward to working in the district and at the state level to for facilitate more emergency preparedness, and to make sure those fighting to keep us safe have the necessary resources. Thank you all for your cooperation with the local responders and please be safe.
For more information on the Camarillo Spring Fire please contact: (805)388-4276, http://fire.countyofventura.org/
Red Cross Shelter information: (805)322-7681, http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-opens-shelters-for-those-affected-by-Springs-Fire
CSU Channel Islands: www.csuci.edu, or call (805)437-3911
STATE SENATOR, 19th Senate District