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Time change + four fall back fire safety tips

Fall Back

As people turn their clocks back on Sunday, November 3, 2019, Ventura County Fire reminds the public to review and refresh their disaster readiness plan. Make the most of that extra hour and take a moment to prepare a fire safety plan to fall back on.

Four “fall back” preparedness tips to consider include:

  • Change smoke alarm batteries When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms provide early warnings so people can get outside quickly. Check each alarm’s batteries and test them monthly to make sure they are working. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Click here for smoke alarm tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

  • Prepare an escape plan - Create an office and home escape plan and designate a meeting place outside to gather in the event of an emergency. Click here to download an advance planning guide and escape grid.

  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” kit - Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and can make a difference when seconds count. Learn how to prepare your family and property against wildfire threats with an action plan, available at all VCFD fire stations and online at

  • Sign-up for emergency notifications VC Alert sends important information directly to subscribers during an emergency in Ventura County. Alerts may include notifications about brush fires, earthquakes, flooding, evacuations and shelters. To opt-in to receive alerts, visit or call (805) 648-9283.

Spark of Love Kick-Off Event 2019

Spark of Love Kick-Off Event

Join Ventura County firefighters and ABC7 on Saturday, November 16, for a Spark of Love Toy Drive kick-off event and holiday tree lighting ceremony at The Collection. This free event will be hosted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at Park View Court in front of The Annex Food Hall.

Bring your friends and family as well as a new, unwrapped toy for the Spark of Love toy drive, for a fun filled day including fire engines, firefighters, holiday entertainment, an extravagant tree lighting (complete with fireworks), and a visit from Santa.

Ventura County Fire Department, ABC7, and Southern California firefighters are once again teaming up to bring the 27th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive to Ventura County. Toy donations are distributed locally by Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County and other non-profits.

We hope to see you there!

Maria Fire - Latest Fire Information

Maria Fire - Latest Fire Information

For the latest information on the Maria Fire in the Santa Paula area, which started in the evening on Thursday, 10/31. Click here to view the Incident Fact Sheet. [Incident Fact Sheet in Español]

First responders are actively fighting the Maria Fire in the Santa Paula area, which started in the evening of Thursday, 10/31.

Visit or call the OES Hotline at (805) 465-6650 for current emergency information, including evacuations, road closures, shelters, public safety power shutdown areas, school closures and more.

Click for an interactive information map to find out if your home or business is under evacuation or subject to a public safety power shutoff. Type your address in the search bar to pinpoint your location and how its impacted.

VC Alert – Register Now

VC Alert – Register Now
Have you signed up yet? Visit to register now for emergency notifications specific to Ventura County or text the word “VCALERT” to 313131