Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor
Picture this: You're stuck in Matilija Canyon. Wildfire surrounds you, blocking the one road to safety. What do you do?
Thanks to the Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council, you'll have a place to go, a temporary refuge area. It's a wide open field where residents can gather to wait for the blaze to pass by. "Even though you can't get away from the smoke, you can at least get away from the heat and flame, and take refuge till the fire passes," said Will Castagna of the Fire Safe Council. "It is a last-ditch place — but if you tried to get out and it didn't work, at least you have a place to go where your chances are better than if you were stuck in a house."