Thomas Fire destroys $171 million in agricultural assets

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
The first few rows of an orange orchard north of Ojai shows damage from the Thomas Fire Jan. 23.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ventura County agriculture suffered more than $171 million in damage due to the Thomas Fire, according to a preliminary report from Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales.
Gonzales presented the report to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 23 meeting.
The report also included a preliminary disaster assessment of the drought on livestock producers.
Within the perimeter of the fire, that burned nearly 282,000 acres, were 10,289 acres of irrigated crops and approximately 60,000 acres of rangeland.
Avocados accounted for the largest estimated dollar loss at more than $10 million.
Lemons ranked second with more than $5 million in losses.

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