News Story


Town Hall Meeting
11/29/2017 7:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Winter Season Could Bring Debris Flows to Casitas Springs and sections of Highway 33 - Casitas Springs & Ojai Valley Community Town Hall Meeting


Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

Date & Time:

December 14, 2017, 6:00 P.M.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services


The Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services would like to invite residents of Casitas Springs as well as the Ojai Valley to a community town hall meeting to hear from experts on preparedness and response efforts for the Vista Fire Burn Area and potential impacts to Highway 33.

The October 24 Vista Fire burned approximately 85 acres near Casitas Springs and left hillsides adjacent to Highway 33 barren. Post fire conditions like the ones observed in this area are well known for their ability to produce rock and debris flows that are likely to impact homes and roadways.

In preparation for the winter season, Caltrans has deployed k-rail barriers adjacent to the roadway to prevent debris from entering the roadway. During significant rainfall events however, it is unlikely these barriers will be successful at stopping large amounts of debris from flowing onto the roadway. During this time, motorists should be prepared for delays, detours and road closures that may impact their travel times.

During a closure of Highway 33 between Casitas Vista Rd and Nye Road, Santa Ana Road will serve as the alternate route to bypass the closure area. Due to its location, this area is also prone to flooding and may not be available.  Alternatively, motorists may need to take Highway 150 from the City of Santa Paula into Ojai.

Residents of Casitas Springs and the Ojai Valley are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting to hear presentations by subject matter experts from the National Weather Service, the Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services as well as a Ventura County Geologist and a Ventura County Hydrologist.  Officials from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Animal Services, Caltrans and the Red Cross will also be on hand to answer questions at the conclusion of the meeting.



Staying Informed ' 3 Important Steps!


1)    In an effort to the keep residents informed with up to the minute information on closures impacting Highway 33, local authorities have established a text notification service to provide motorists information via text message. To subscribe to this notification service text the word VISTA to 888777 and you will be subscribed to the notification group. This service is free of charge however standard text messaging rates do apply.


2)    Residents are also encouraged to sign up for VC Alert, Ventura County's Emergency Notification System. In the event an emergency incident requires residents to evacuate, take shelter or follow specific instructions, public safety officials will use this system to notify residents in a timely manner. The system is capable calling multiple cellular & landline telephones, emailing & text messaging. The service is offered free of charge and is available by visiting


3)    During an active incident, Ventura County Residents may find out more information by visiting or calling the Office of Emergency Services information hotline at 805-465-6650.




Prepared by:

Bill Boyd, Emergency Manager


News Release Date:

November 29, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Kevin McGowan, 805-654-2551


Approved by:

Kevin McGowan, 805-654-2551