We featured this website previously, but as more people think about moving to the sticks, let’s note the counties with the highest wildfire risk…..I didn’t expect VenCo to rank so high!
by Jim the Realtor | Nov 18, 2020 | Jim's Take on the Market, Thinking of Buying?, Thinking of Selling?, Tips, Advice & Links | 1 comment
> “I didn’t expect VenCo to rank so high!”
Oh yeah, as if you weren’t expecting a response/expansion. 😉
555,953 acres outside of national forest land in Ventura County, 53 percent of the county’s total area is national forest. Call it 1m acres all in. Not forest is 59% agricultural and 17.5% urban. North of Highway 126, the county is mountainous and mostly uninhabited, and contains some of the most unspoiled, rugged and inaccessible wilderness remaining in southern California. Most of this land is in the Los Padres National Forest, and includes the Chumash Wilderness in the northernmost portion, adjacent to Kern County, as well as the large Sespe Wilderness and portions of both the Dick Smith Wilderness and Matilija Wilderness (both of these protected areas straddle the line with Santa Barbara County). All of the wilderness areas are within the jurisdiction of Los Padres National Forest.
Additionally, our southern border with LA County is the Santa Monica Mountains. More remote rugged, uninhabited.
Now. That ranking is obviously bogus. 49,000 acres per year for the next thirty years is 1.5m acres in a 1m acre County. And face it, the Oxnard Plain isn’t going to burn that’s 130,000 acres of the 555,953 baseline of occupied County.
Besides, burns are natural, it would be bad, vary bad, if we didn’t get periodic fires. The two recent big fires that took homes were both so uncommon as to defy predictability. I have some awesome video of the Thomas Fire marching sideways on the ridge line across my valley.
So, We have fires because we are so very fire worthy because nature. We don’t often have fires that cause suffering because back in the mid 1960s Ventura County went the opposite direction of places like Orange County. You couldn’t believe it today but in the Mid 1960s Orange and Ventura were twin sisters.
Oh but but… This place is an earthquake, tsunami, firestorm, crowded, expensive, unfriendly hellhole. Stay away!