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Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

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December 9, 2017 by   Comments Off on Ventura KOA ‘Severely Damaged’ Due To Wildfires

The Thomas Fire spews smoke over the 101 Freeway. (Stuart Palley for The Washington Post)

The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., has been closed indefinitely due to Southern California’s Thomas Fire, which has continued to gain steam due to dry air and heavy wind.

Michael Gast, vice president of communications at KOA, told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBUSINESS.com, that the campground has been “severely damaged” and that several buildings were lost on Monday (Dec. 4), the first day of the fire.

He said that the owner has not been able to return to the property yet to inspect the damage and that several workers lost their rigs/homes in the blaze.

In a Facebook post, the owners of Ventura Ranch said that they were able to evacuate all campers and staff safely. The campground was forced to evacuate Monday evening right after the blaze began.

The fire began to the north of the campground and is now the state’s biggest active blaze. It continues to grow, burning more than 200 square miles and destroying more than 400 buildings, according to the Washington Post. Another 85 structures were damaged, the county fire department said.

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