Matilija Canyon condition updated

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter

Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) officials say homes in the Matilija Canyon area north of Ojai were threatened by the Thomas Fire, but none was damaged or destroyed.

That's according to VCFD Capt. Stan Ziegler, based on a report issued the morning of Dec. 8.

The homes are situated along Matilija Canyon Road, which runs west from Highway 33 for five miles to a dead end and locked gate.

Due to the emergency closure of Highway 33 north of Fairview Road, access to Matilija Canyon Road has been blocked.

As of Dec. 8, Matilija Canyon remained under a mandatory evacuation order.

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