Thomas Fire Recovery 

The Thomas Fire has been deemed the largest in California’s recorded history. The Ventura County Resource Conservation District (VCRCD) is grateful for the thousands of first-responders who came from all over to help fight. Our support goes out to those both in Ventura County and Santa Barbara County impacted by this devastating fire.  

In response to the significant impacts of the Thomas Fire, the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) has partnered with the Ventura County Resource Conservation District (VCRCD) to offer financial assistance to fire-impacted private and public lands. VCRCD was awarded approximately $152,000 in grant funding through the Water Board to purchase materials for erosion control purposes on impacted lands within Ventura County. Landowners impacted by the Thomas Fire will be able to apply for the materials they need to help mitigate fire-based erosion on their properties. Materials include, but are not limited to: silt fencing, jute netting, sandbags, Filtrexx Siltsoxx, livestock fencing, native plants, seed, straw wattles, and alternative water supplies (livestock). 

This grant funding must be expended by March 31st, which means if you’d like to take advantage of this program, YOU MUST APPLY ASAP! The last day to apply for erosion control materials is MARCH 19, 2018.

If you are interested in the Fire-Recovery BMPs Program, please follow the steps below:

  1. Complete an application.
  2. Send your completed application to Lexi Everhart by mail (Attn: Lexi Everhart, VCRCD, PO Box 147, Somis, CA 93066) or email (
  3. VCRCD staff will promptly review your application. Successful applications will be those that intend to control current or potential erosion directly due to fire impacts. 
  4. If your application is selected by VCRCD staff, it will promptly be sent to Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board staff for final approval. If it is not, you will be notified immediately. 
  5. Upon final approval, VCRCD staff will notify applicants of the final step – a site visit by VCRCD staff.
  6. VCRCD staff will conduct site visits to ensure that applicants’ properties were in fact impacted by the fire and that the requested erosion control materials are appropriate for the site. At this point, following a successful site visit, approved applicants transition into program “participants”.
  7. VCRCD staff will then order erosion control materials requested in approved applications. Participants will receive a confirmation by email. Participants will need to print said confirmation email for redemption when picking up materials. The confirmation will include a list of the participant’s requested materials, along with the pick-up date, time, and location. 
  8. Participants must redeem their confirmation with VCRCD staff the day of pick-up in order to receive their materials. 
  9. Participants are then responsible for installing their materials thereafter. Upon installation, participants will send completed photos to VCRCD staff. 

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the program’s short timeline, the above process will move VERY quickly. It’s important that applicants work closely with VCRCD staff to ensure program success!