This blog highlights our successes, press releases, and progress made in our efforts to make Ventura County more Fire Safe
Community Comes Together to Help One Resident Protect Her Home From Wildfire
Rita Wing has been a Thousand Oaks resident for over 40 years. She, like many others, lives on a fixed income and when she received a notice from the City about the condition of the Palm trees on her property. These trees posed a significant risk of igniting her home...
Eye On The Environment: Add Fire Resistance to New Landscape Requirements (VC Reporter)
Due to watering restrictions, many people are planning changes to their landscape, but besides considering drought-tolerant plants, another consideration in Ventura County should be fire resistance. Nearly any plant becomes tinder when dead, so if your thirsty...
Provide technical assistance for emerging Fire Safe Councils in Ventura County, such as the Bell Canyon Fire Safe Council; and conduct Home Ignition Zone Assessments aka “Home Hardening” with various organizations including California Lutheran University.
Coordinate the annual Fire and Public Safety Day event during the Ventura County Fair, with participation from the Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura City Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, US Forest Service, Ventura County Animal Control, Ventura City Police Department.
Updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for all of Ventura County while creating localized CWPPs. We are working to decouple marginalization and vulnerability when it comes to wildfire impacts, incorperating social equity and inclusion into the planning process.
Meet with local, regional and state legislators to share local efforts to reduce wildfire threats and impacts and request additional funding for local fire safe councils.
Since inception, the VRFSC has facilitated vegetation management and fuel reduction programs for residents in the wildland urban interface, provided support for preparing homes to survive wildfire, and delivered ongoing education and outreach programs throughout Ventura County.
In 2019, after almost ten years, the VRFSC went from an all-volunteer organization to hiring paid staff (executive director, support staff and consultants), and opened their first physical office space at the Poinsettia Pavilion. In 2021, the VRFSC moved to the Farm Bureau Building in Ventura to accommodate our growing staff.