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Flood Insurance Advisory

The City Manager, acting under his powers to remediate the effects of the local emergency declared on December 6, 2017 due to the significant wildfires in the Ojai Valley, advises that all Ojai residents immediately consider securing flood insurance that includes protection from losses caused by mud and debris-strewn water flows. As a result of the recent significant wildfire damage to the hills surrounding Ojai, when rain falls in the area this winter, there is a significant probability of mudflow and debris-strewn water flows from the burned hillsides down into the Valley and City.

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UPDATED: City of Ojai’s Thomas Fire Community Meeting December 9 Meeting Updated Video

The meeting video from the December 9, 2017 Public Information Meeting regarding the Thomas Fire Has been updated with a better recording than was previously posted.


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Latest Evacuation Update from

Reminder to keep checking for the latest updates. Here’s information regarding Ojai from the latest update at 7:45 on Sunday, December 10, 2017:


Ojai Area
All mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted in the following Ojai Valley areas: Meiners Oaks from Rice Road east, and all unincorporated areas east of the city limits to Reeves Road.

Residents should use caution when returning to their homes in the Ojai area as unstable and unidentified hazards may exist.

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A Useful Checklist for those Effected by the Thomas Fire

We are getting lists of useful tips on things to do if you are effected by the fire. This list will be posted below to help give a reminder of things to do. We’ll update it with other suggestions.

1. Contact the post office, or get a PO Box 

2. Long term rental search 

3. Make sure you have the tools you need, sturdy boots, gloves, shovels, etc. 


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Tips for Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash and Debris

From the San Diego Chapter of California Landscape Contractors Association:

The local fires have resulted in large volumes of fire ash and debris. When mandatory evacuations are lifted, residents who return to their effected homes and neighborhood should use caution when they come in contact with these materials.


According to the California Department of Health and Human Services, ash deposited by forest fires is relatively non-toxic and similar to ash found in fireplaces,

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