Ojai winds blow fierce
By Lenny Roberts
Ojaians lucky enough to sleep through the
thunderous winds Monday night woke up to debris-laden yards,
driveways and streets as powerful Santa Ana winds ripped through
the valley overnight.
While the long, hot and dry fire season, following a year of
record drought, failed to bring anticipated wildfires to our
area, the possibility of raging fires resurfaced Monday when
the Ventura County Fire Protection District issued a Red Flag
Warning. This came despite November and December rain totals
that earlier doubled the percentages of normal.
Fierce Santa Ana winds, due to the positioning of high- and low-pressure
systems to the east, arrived right on schedule Sunday as predicted
by Southern California weather forecasters. The wind gusts, estimated
by fire officials to be in excess of 90 mph in many parts of
the county, continued through early Tuesday, bringing with it
overnight temperatures higher than the normal January daytime
highs and fallen or damaged trees on both public and private
Meanwhile, the County Fire Department sent 34 engines to neighboring
Los Angeles County to protect structures threatened by the brushfire
near Malibu that began Monday at noon in the area of Trancas
Canyon, and had reached Encinal Canyon six hours later, forcing
the evacuation of residents in both Encinal and Decker canyons.
The winds locally are expected to subside today, followed by
more seasonable temperatures and weather patterns.
The Ojai Valley News
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|Martin Peck, above,
found that the road to work was impassable Tuesday morning. High
winds knocked down trees all over town including this old oak
on Gridley Road.Below, an old oak onto a car on Pala Drive in
Meiners Oaks, and Jennifer Sage stands on the spot on her Upper
Ojai property where her shaded pipe horse corral was positioned
before what she described as a tornado lifted it to a site about
50 yards away.