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Wildfire season has reached its peak and residents are urged to prepare for a busy season.

Due to unusually high fuel moisture and late-season precipitation, the Ventura County Fire Department delayed the start of wildfire season until last week. However, as of June 30, the fire department and local fire agencies will be on high alert for wildfires.

This wildfire season statement addresses the increasing drought and fire danger in Ventura County.

The VCFD has suspended all burning permits and increased deployment of critical vegetation fire suppression resources, including:

•Four fully staffed hand crews

•Bulldozer crews working seven days a week

•Seasonal Station 16 in Lockwood Valley, is open seven days a week

• The fully occupied Coulson received a contract for 3,000 gallons of water

This level of preparedness will remain in effect until the end of the fire season is declared.

During wildfire season, Ventura County residents, workers and visitors must be especially vigilant and make fire safety a top priority. Everyone should be alert to the danger of wildfire at all times. For more information on our award-winning Ready, Set, Go wildfire action plan, visit www.vcfd.org/public-info/ready-set-go.

VCFD urges all community members to remain proactive and diligent in fire protection during this fire season. By working together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of Ventura County and its residents.

The public is encouraged to sign up for emergency alerts at www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert/ and to stay informed during an emergency at www.vcemergency.com.