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Words, Music Going To Be Used To Tell Thomas Fire, Flood Stories This Week

Teens prepare for Friday night performance in Ventura to commemorate Thomas Fire, flood

Music and words are being used this week to honor those who fought to protect people, and homes from the Thomas Fire and flooding, and to remember the losses.  The nearly 282,000 acre fire, and resulting flooding claimed dozens of lives, and caused billions in damage in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The Museum of Ventura County is hosting a special performance called “Out Of The Ashes: Healing In Story And Song.”

Some hosts will tell some of the stories of heroism from the disasters. And, some Ventura County teens are providing the music, anchored by a core group that’s been together for the years called Rubicon Harmonix.

The teen singers say this isn’t just another performance for them.

Riley Conrad lives in Ventura in the hills above Ventura College, and says the fire came dangerously close to her family’s home. She says they had to evacuate with just a few minutes notice, and had to stay with friends for a week and a half. But, Conrad is grateful her home came through it intact. Conrad says she hopes the show touches people.

“Out Of the Ashes: Healing In Story And Song” will take place at 6 Friday night, and the Museum of Ventura County in Ventura. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum’s project to give members of the community the opportunity to tell the Thomas Fire story through their experiences.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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