Wildfire Debris Removal
The County of Ventura has launched a website dedicated to helping survivors of wildfires in their recovery called Ventura County Recovers (www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org). It is a comprehensive source of information for all matters relating to fire recovery. Please register on Ventura County Recovers to receive updates.
The County is coordinating with city, state and federal agencies to facilitate the removal of wildfire debris. More information will be posted here and on VenturaCountyRecovers as it becomes available.
The Woolsey Fire was first reported on November 8, 2018, in the area of Woolsey Canyon south of Simi Valley. It has since spread to several areas of Ventura County and Los Angeles County. Fire fighting and recovery efforts are ongoing. Please register on Ventura County Recovers to receive updates regarding evacuations, health and safety issues, debris removal and more.
Thomas Fire Insurance Assistance
As our community continues to recover from the December 2017 Thomas Fire, it remains a County priority to help those affected to rebuild their lives. The County has contracted with a private company, Tetra Tech, to obtain information and assist Thomas fire victims regarding the portion of your insurance, if any, that was allocated specifically for debris removal. Letters were sent to all affected property owners in November 2018 requesting additional information and copies of these letters are available at the links below. If you would like to discuss the State program or wish to submit the documentation, please contact Brianna Siefert of Tetra Tech at 805-626-3143. Click here for a copy of this letter.
Disaster / Emergency Information
Click on the following links for information on disaster and emergency preparedness:
- Ready.VenturaCounty - Ventura County Office of Emergency Services (Ventura County Sheriff)
- Ready, Set, Go! - Ventura County Fire Department
- Be Prepared California - California Department of Public Health
- FEMA Homepage - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Unless your water purveyor has issued a notice stating otherwise, it is safe to drink and use tap water. If you receive a boil water notice, do not drink the water without boiling it first. Check out the following links for instructions on how to make your water safe to drink.
- How To Store Water
- How To Store Water (PDF)
- How To Purify Water
- Cómo Purificar el Agua
- Checking Your Water Well After A Fire
- Sanitizing a Reverse Osmosis Filtration System
Food facility operators need to take special precautions before engaging in food operations or offering to the public. Please review the following guidance documents:
- Food Facility Requirements for Operating During a Boil Water Notice
- After Boil Water Notice is Lifted
- Wildfire Recovery - California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
- State/Federal Wildfire Debris Removal Program Eligibility Chart - California Wildfire Recovery Resources (CalOES)
- Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash
- Returning to Your Home or Business After a Fire
- Septic System Tips After A Fire
- Guidelines for Swimming Pools Impacted by Fire, Smoke, and Ash