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VCSO issues mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders throughout Ojai Valley

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuation orders for areas north of the Ojai Valley and a portion of Casitas Springs.
The Matilija Canyon, Wheeler Springs and North Fork areas were placed under mandatory evacuation orders at around 11 a.m. The order extends along Oso Road in the Meiners Oaks area.
In addition, residences east of Highway 33 in Casitas Springs, near the Vista Fire burn area, were advised to evacuate.
A portion of east Ojai, from Gridley Road to Reeves Road, was placed under voluntary evacuation orders.
Nye Road and areas west of Highway 33 in Casitas Springs have been listed as areas in which residents should be aware of changing conditions and take action should evacuation become necessary.
Evacuation centers have been set up at Ventura College and Nordhoff High School.
Forecasters say the second in a series of storms is on track to bring periods of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch until 9 p.m.
The storm could bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain, with peak rainfall intensities in excess of debris flow thresholds.
For the latest information visit www.vcemergency.com.
For additional weather information, visit www.weather.gov/lox.
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