VENTURA, CA (December 5, 2017) — The Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) and Ventura County Coast (VCC) are working together to ensure the safety of all visitors in Ventura County.
The Thomas Fire started the evening of December 4th and has affected several areas of Ventura County including the hillsides of Downtown Ventura. While first responders have worked tirelessly to keep the community safe, the fire remains zero percent contained. The wellbeing of visitors in Ventura County is a top priority. Fire safety and reduced air quality due to smoke are the main concerns. All visitors are encouraged to head north to Santa Barbara County or south to Los Angeles.
There are more than 1,100 firefighters battling the fire and erratic winds. Power outages have been reported throughout the county. Ventura is immensely grateful for all of the first responders who have been battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County overnight and throughout today.
Both the VVCB and VCC are working with hotel partners in the region to keep guests safe and provide rooms for evacuees. Special discounted hotel rates are being offered and can be found at www.visitventuraca.com/thomasfire. Evacuation shelters have been set up around the county, including: Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building, Nordhoff High School, Oxnard College Gymnasium, and the Santa Paula Community Center.
Ventura has been touched by many who have reached out with offers to help. At the moment, the best ways to help are to keep the roads clear for first responders, keep a safe distance away from affected areas, conserve water for firefighting efforts, and stay informed to help disseminate accurate information. The most updated information can be found at ReadyVenturaCounty.org .
It’s in times like these when communities come together the most. Ventura is no exception and VVCB and VCC are immensely grateful for everyone working together to keep Ventura safe.
Fiorella Calderoni, Communications Manager [email protected]
(805) 648-2075 | (805) 794-1799
About Ventura County Visitors Bureau
Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau (VVCB) is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues, and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Ventura as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the Ventura Inspiration Guide, the public can write to the Ventura Visitors Center, 101 S. California Street, Ventura, CA 93001; call (800) 333-2989, or (805) 648-2075; visit www.visitventuraca.com; email [email protected] Follow VVCB on Twitter @VisitVentura or become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/visitventura.
About Ventura County Coast
Just an hour north of Los Angeles, Ventura County Coast offers a convenient getaway to the desirable California coast, where year-round sunny skies meets seaside charm and inland adventure. Boasting a diverse natural landscape, thriving arts and cultural scene, plentiful shopping, historic sites, golf courses, and ingredient-driven dining fueled by its 125,000 acres of farms, orchards and vineyards, the region is the ultimate seaside escape for leisure travel, corporate retreats, sports travel and beyond.
“Ventura County Coast” is a tourism brand encompassing the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo and Port Hueneme. Administered by the Ventura County Lodging Association (VCLA), the membership is comprised of 70 plus lodging organizations (hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, RV resorts) and destination marketing organizations seeking to attract overnight business and leisure visitors to the region. For more information, visit www.VenturaCountyCoast.com or call 1(800) 648-2124. Follow Ventura County Coast on Facebook (VenturaCountyCoast), Twitter (@VisitVCCoast) and Instagram (@VisitVCCoast).