April 29, 2019
In December 2017, the largest wildfire in modern California history threatened the city of Ojai. The Thomas Fire ravaged communities in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, burning more than 280,000 acres. Miraculously, Ojai remained mostly unscathed, thanks to firefighters from across the West, including Service fire personnel. Just outside of town though, 1,500 out of 2,300 acres of Ojai Valley Land Conservancyâ€™s open space was burned by the fire, including nearly 40 acres of newly planted oak trees, shrubs and grasses.