Parks to host fire safety town hall

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks will hold a fire safety town hall at 6:30 p.m. Thurs., July 22 at the Oak Park Community Center, 1000 N. Kanan Road.

The event will cover preparation and fire-resiliency heading into months of hot dry weather and Santa Ana winds that increase the risk of wildfire.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen will give an overview of fire prevention measures in the county.

Special guest Richard Halsey, director of the California Chaparral Institute, will discuss safe living in wildfire country and how fire affects the natural environment.

Wayne Nakaoka, Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District director of planning and maintenance, will present the local vegetation management program that recently received funding from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

Elaine Himelfarb will talk about home safety, prevention and the community-led Ventura Regional Fire Safe Council.

The director of Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, Patrick Maynard, and CHP Lt. Jeremy Key will discuss emergency response and evacuations.

Finally, Oak Park’s Community Emergency Response Team leader Diane Starzak will offer ways residents can get engaged in community preparedness and response.

The event is open to all residents at no charge.

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session after the presentations.