Ventura County

Powerful winds put Ventura County firefighters on alert


The Ventura County Fire Department is staffing extra resources during this week's intense wind event.

About 100 extra firefighters are on duty as high winds, with gusts potentially reaching up to 70 mph, blow through the county.

With many areas already at critically low fuel moisture levels, fire officials are reminding the public that wildfires can easily erupt in these conditions

"Any spark and ignition sources could start a long lasting fire," said Captain Stan Ziegler.

Two strike teams, with five engines each, and two hand crews are also at the ready.

“We’re well prepared. This is what we do day in and day out," Ziegler said. "We respond quickly efficiently and effectively.”

Firefighters said even though it is late in the fire season, fires can still break out. In 2015, the Solimar Fire broke out on Christmas Day.

In anticipation of the powerful winds lasting potentially through the weekend, fire officials said they will monitor the weather reports and continue to add additional resources if needed.

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