woolsey fire

A weekend storm dropped more than an inch of rain on parts of the Central and South Coasts, but there were no major prolems reported in the region's brush fire burn areas.

Some of the heaviest rainfall occurred in Santa Barbara County, with 1.6" of rain on the Gaviota Coast, 1.2" in Santa Barbara, and .53" in Carpinteria.

A storm system has arrived on the Central and South Coasts, bringing with it the possibility of up to around an inch and a half of rain in spots.  No evacuation orders have been issued for burn areas on the South Coast.  The storm is expected to impact the Thomas brush fire burn areas between 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Woolsey and Hill brush fire zones from around 8 p.m. to midnight

A storm system is expected to bring rain to our region this weekend, but meteorologists say so far it looks like there won’t be major issues for brush fire burn zones. The latest tracking has the storm arriving on the Central Coast Saturday morning, and moving onto the South Coast Saturday afternoon and evening.

A key deadline is approaching for people impacted by the Woolsey, and Hill brush fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties to apply for federal assistance. January 11th is the last day to apply for help through FEMA.

We’re less than a week from Christmas, and while it’s a time of joy for most of us, it’s a different story for thousands of people who just lost their homes to the Woolsey brush fire.

Some members of the community are stepping up in different ways to help those hard hit by the fire.  In one of the latest efforts, some biking businesses and enthusiasts are giving hundreds of bicycles to fire victims.

Going door to door all day Saturday in Montecito, volunteers and emergency workers spread the message of how to prepare for strong winter storms.

They also explained how to properly understand the various evacuation information that Santa Barbara County evacuation officials would disseminate.

The State Insurance Commissioner says this fall’s deadly brush fires in Northern and Southern California have caused $9 billion dollars in losses. The three fires were the deadliest and costliest in the state’s history.

Businesses that were damaged or destroyed or othewise impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires can now get the help they need. Secretary of State Alex Padilla has launched a new web portal to provide information and resources to businesses affected by wildfires.

It can be difficult for business owners who have had their business records, insurance and employment and other information lost, damaged or destroyed by a brush fire.

Like tens of thousands of acres of land around us that have been blackened, and stripped bare by the Woolsey brush fire, Trancas Canyon looks like the moon. In a few months, these slopes will start to turn green again, but, the question is will it be green in a healthy way?

A fund set up to help undocumented Ventura County residents impacted by the Thomas Fire has reopened to help Woolsey and Hill Fire victims.

The 805 Undocufund was established to help fire victims ineligible for federal aid because of their immigration status.

A storm system has brought up to a third of an inch of rainfall to parts of the Central and South Coasts, but meteorologists continue to say they don’t see it creating any problems for the region’s brush fire burn areas.

Most of the burn areas on the South Coast have had between one tenth, and two tenths of an inch of rain.

A Santa Barbara legislator introduced a bill intended to improve the notification of people with emergency alerts for things like brush fires.

SB 46 allows cities and universities to automatically enroll people in emergency alert programs. It clears the way for agencies to get contact information from wireless providers specifically for the purpose of sending out emergency alerts.

Ventura County is stepping up efforts to help Woolsey and Hill Fire victims in unincorporated parts of the county.

Ventura County Supervisors set up a debris removal program as they did in the wake of the Thomas Fire. People can use a county fire debris removal program or a state sponsored one.

You can have a pizza this week for lunch or dinner, and help victims of the Woolsey and Hill brush fires at the same time.

A Thousand Oaks fast-casual pizza business is donating its entire day of pizza proceeds Wednesday to fire relief efforts.

Daytime commuters may want to avoid using the Pacific Coast Highway between Ventura and Los Angeles Counties for the next few weeks, because of a number of projects to repair Woolsey fire damage.

Beginning on Monday, work will start on a 20 mile stretch of the PCH from Decker Canyon Road to Topanga Canyon Boulevard.