Fires spark the need for preparedness

California has four seasons: Earthquakes, floods, fires and drought. Sadly, recent events have proved there’s more fact than fiction in the shopworn joke about the Golden State.
Last week Ventura County—namely Ventura, Ojai and Santa Paula—was ravaged by the Thomas fire, whipped by powerful Santa Ana winds and fed with brush that’s been far too dry for far too long. Thousands of people were evacuated due to the fire, even more as the flames continue into Santa Barbara County. It has scorched an ...

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