woolsey fire

An actor and singer who’s perhaps best known for his role in the iconic movie “Forrest Gump” is hosting a free show in Ventura County this weekend to honor public safety first responders. Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will host what’s being called the “Concert For Defenders” Saturday at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

You can hear the wind whipping, and the flames crackling as you are surrounded on three sides by a raging brush fire. It’s an overwhelming, almost frightening experience. But, it isn’t real. It’s part of a new multimedia exhibit on the South Coast which mixes art and science, called “Burn Cycle: Living With Fire.”

A weak storm system is passing through the Central and South Coasts, with rainfall amounts so light there is no concern about problems in the region’s brush fire burn zones. There’s been less than a tenth of an inch of rain in the region.

More than 200 properties in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties hit by the Woolsey, and Hill fires have now been cleared under a state run debris removal program. 24 parcels have been cleared in Ventura County, and 185 in Los Angeles County.

The second wave of a major storm moved through the Central and South Coast Thursday, dropping sometimes heavy rainfall but creating no major problems for the region. Rainfall totals ranged from around a half inch to around four inches in some spots.

State officials say despite the rain during the last two weeks, crews have completed the first round of debris removal work on some properties hit by the Hill, and Woolsey brush fires. 32 sites have been cleared in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties through the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program.

FEMA has extended the deadline for people seeking federal help as a result of the Hill, and Woolsey brush fires in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The deadline was January 31st, but it’s now been changed to February 15th.

The trio of storms which hit the Central and South Coasts this week left some impressive rain totals for some areas.

Among the highest are Nordhoff Ridge in Ventura County, which had 9.4” of rain, and San Marcos Pass, with 7.8”

Looking at rainfall in some major cities, Santa Barbara had 2.5” of rain, Montecito 3.5”, Ventura 3.3", Thousand Oaks 4.8”, and Agoura Hills 4.3.”

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A powerful storm which at one point triggered some Flash Flood Warnings in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties continues to hit the region, but the rainfall has eased enough for the warnings to be cancelled.

The storm has dumped more than four inches of rain in some mountain areas in a less than 24 hour period.

Ventura County officials issued evacuation orders midday Tuesday for some areas impacted by the Thomas and Woolsey Fires.

A string of storms is moving through the Central and South Coasts this week, raising concern in brush fire burn areas. The first storm is expected to drop a half inch to inch and a half Monday, with up to two and a half inches in some mountain areas. The heaviest rainfall is expected south of Point Conception.

The first in a series of storms expected to hit the Central and South Coasts broughtone to two inches of rainfall to much of the region, but no major debris flow problems were reported in brush fire burn areas.

San Marcos Pass recorded 1.7" of rain, the Montecito foothills 1.28", and there was an inch in downtown Santa Barbara.  Ventura had 1.16", and Ojai 1.15"

The first in a series of what could be three storms has arrived on the Central and South Coasts, but so far there are no watches or warnings for dangerous conditions in the region’s brush fire burn zones. The storm could drop one to three inches of rain in the region, with the heaviest rainfall coming during the Friday evening and Saturday early morning hours.

Get ready for a string of storms on the Central and South Coasts. Four storms could sweep through the region between now, and the middle of next week. But, at this point it’s too early to say there could be issues in brush fire burn zones.

A storm system moving through the Central and South Coasts Sunday and Monday dropped more than two inches of rain in parts of the region, with the heaviest rainfall north of Point Conception. No major problems were reported in brush fire burn zones.

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