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Thomas Fire: Olivia Jacobson ’20 then, city rebuilding now (photo essay)

Thomas Fire: Olivia Jacobson '20 then, city rebuilding now (photo essay)

Olivia Sanford
December 4, 2018
Filed under Media, Photo Gallery, Profiles, Thomas Fire

Click the image above to be taken to Adobe Spark to view the photo essay which documents the remains of the home of Ventura High School student Olivia Jacobson '20 in Dec. 2017, as well as the rebuilding of damaged Ventura homes in Nov. 2018 (optimal for viewing on desktop). ...

A year after the Thomas Fire, financial impact still staggers

News reporters watch as the Thomas fire spreads into the western hillsides across from the Ventura Avenue. Credit: Stefan Fahr / The Foothill Dragon Press

Mason King
December 4, 2018
Filed under News, Thomas Fire

Almost a year ago, the Thomas Fire broke out near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. Due to "the strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season,” according to the National Weather Service, the Thomas Fire moved at almost an acre per second during certain periods, enabling it to consum...

Rebuilding after the Thomas Fire

One of the house that burned in the Thomas Fire in the process of rebuilding. Credit: Jeni Bufford (used with permission)

Elie Bufford
December 4, 2018
Filed under Features, Profiles, Thomas Fire

1,343 structures were destroyed or damaged in the Thomas Fire. Now, they all have to be rebuilt. Throughout Ventura County, construction workers, contractors and designers are in the midst of the long process of rebuilding. Contractor Ruth Smith believes that “it’ll be another couple years” before r...

Thomas Fire Stories: Cherie Eulau

Government and History teacher Cherie Eulau. Credit: Jason Messner / The Foothill Dragon Press

Amanda Perez
December 4, 2018
Filed under Features, Profiles, Thomas Fire

  “It was absolutely surreal and sort of terrifying,” teacher Cherie Eulau said, regarding the Thomas Fire. She had been prepared and organized for a fire after seeing what happened with the fires in northern California in early 2017.“I had sort of a list together of things that I would...

Thomas Fire Stories: Kelly More ’20

Kelly More ‘20. Credit: Grayson McCoy / The Foothill Dragon Press

Amanda Perez
December 4, 2018
Filed under Features, Profiles, Thomas Fire

  As Kelly More ‘20 started to fall asleep on Dec. 4, 2017, at around 9:30 p.m., she could hear her parents walking around and moving things. She was fast asleep by 10:30 p.m. when her dad bursted into the room. Her initial thought was that one of her dogs had been eaten by a coyote sin...

Thomas Fire Stories: Gunner Nagel ’20

Gunner Nagel ‘20. Credit: Jason Messner / The Foothill Dragon Press

Amanda Perez
December 4, 2018
Filed under Thomas Fire

  At the beginning of the night on Dec. 4, 2017, Gunner Nagel ‘20 didn’t think the fire would get to his home on Via Ondulando. When he heard about the fire near Steckel Park—a place Nagel had gone to frequently for camping—it had just started, and he had no idea how big it might...

Thomas Fire Stories: Jay Ryan ’20

Former Foothill student, now Buena student Jay Ryan ‘20 (second from the left). Credit: Jay Ryan (used with permission)

Amanda Perez
December 4, 2018
Filed under Features, Profiles, Thomas Fire

  The night of the Thomas Fire, Jay Ryan ‘20 had been at his mom’s while his father's house was burning down. When the fire had just started, he texted his dad, asking him if he was okay. His dad responded by telling Ryan that he was trying to sleep. Worried about his safety, he s...

Thomas Fire Stories: Lisa Harvill

Assistant Principal Lisa Harvill. Credit: Abigail Massar / The Foothill Dragon Press

Amanda Perez
December 4, 2018
Filed under Features, Profiles, Thomas Fire

  Lisa Harvill, one of Foothill’s assistant principals, had received a phone call from her daughter on Dec. 4, 2017. She called wondering if Harvill knew about the fire in Santa Paula and the voluntary evacuation announcement in Clearpoint, where her dad and stepmom live. By 9:00 p.m., Harvill...

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Recap with Rachel: Thomas Fire chemical reactions and effects

Rachel Chang
January 7, 2018
Filed under Recap with Rachel, Science, Thomas Fire

As the Thomas Fire has swept through Southern California and affected our own community members, there's still a few things we need to pay attention to. Learn about the different types of combustion reactions, its relationship to climate change, and how it affects our hemoglobin and immune system. ...

Community meeting provides updates concerning the ongoing Thomas fire

The sunrise through the smoke on Dec. 5, 2017. Credit: Abigail Massar / The Foothill Dragon Press

Nick Zoll
December 18, 2017
Filed under News, Thomas Fire

As the Thomas fire epidemic reached its 12th day, members of the Ventura community gathered at Buena High School’s Dr. A.W. McConnell Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Saturday for a meeting that touched on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the fire, including precautionary measures to take and the potential ri...

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