So I made it up to Ventura today, Dec 23, with the Thomas Fire still burning and only about 60% contained. Downtown Ventura is no longer in the path of flames and is just now starting to cope with the aftermath of the devastating wildfire, now the largest in California history. The good news is that the downtown and commercial areas were spared any damage. The bad news though is that many structures were damaged or destroyed in other parts of town, some of them mere blocks from Main st. This fire could have been much worse had it not been for the luck of changing wind conditions and the hard work of many, many firefighters brought in to battle the flames.
Here’s a series of photos I took, all of them taken just above Poli Street, only 2 blocks from the heart of downtown Ventura. I didn’t explore any other parts of town but it seems the fire was mostly confined to the foothills and canyons north of the 101 freeway and north/east of downtown. Click any photo for a full-sized version.
A full size gallery of these pics from the Thomas Fire, taken by Paul Vachier can be seen here