Updates on the Thomas Fire

To see the latest news surrounding Thomas Fire (Ventura County area), please see our Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to share news here as updates become available.

For any questions or press inquiries, please contact Rabbi Joe Menashe at rabbijoe@ramah.org.



December 8, 12:35 pm

A Video from Rabbi Joe
A Great Miracle Happened Here!

Expressing Camp Ramah’s gratitude to the amazing first responders who helped to keep our beloved camp safe- a true Hannukkah miracle!


Rabbi Joe, Ariella, Randy, and John went to meet the firefighters this morning at camp and bring them coffee and breakfast.
Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to everyone involved.

A few more photos/videos will come soon!

December 7, 8:44pm

We are relieved to report that fires that approached the camp from the mountains were stopped by truly heroic efforts from fire personnel at the edge of camp. The firefighters will continue to monitor the situation from within camp, as we know these situations can be dynamic. We are beyond grateful for their efforts and our blessings this evening.


December 7, 8:06am

After a long evening, we have gotten word that the camp buildings are all in good shape this morning. Fire does remains active in the surrounding areas and we are closely monitoring the fire.

That is all the information we have at this time, and we will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available. Thank you all for your good wishes and support: the love and power of the Ramah community is truly felt in all the emails, text messages, facebook and Instagram posts sending good thoughts for our campsite and community.


December 6, 10:42pm

Dear Ramah Community,

Camp Ramah in California is now in an area under mandatory evacuation and the fires continue to burn in the surrounding areas.  The fires have not encroached onto camp and we are monitoring the situation carefully.  Please join us in prayers for all the first responders, firefighters, and support personnel.

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.


December 6, 1:46pm

Update on the Thomas Fire:

Camp Ramah remains in a voluntary evacuation area of Ojai.  We are continuing to closely monitor this situation and remain in close contact with authorities.

We intend to provide periodic updates and will update if the situation changes.

We are keeping the residents of Ventura County, the US Forest Service, and the Ventura County Fire Department in our thoughts.


December 6, 9:05am

Dear Camp Ramah Community,

We wanted to keep you updated on the Thomas Fire.  As of right now, large parts of Ojai remain under mandatory evacuation although camp is outside that zone and remains under voluntary evacuation.  While the Thomas Fire continues, it seems that the immediate threat to our area of Ojai has abated.  Camp staff and property are doing well this morning. We have security on the property and are in communication with local authorities.

Our Encino office will be closed today due to the air quality in the surrounding area.  Staff will be available via email.

Thank you all for continued support and prayers for the first responders and everyone helping to protect and preserve our communities.


December 5, 4:01pm

We appreciate everyone’s concerns for Camp Ramah, and at this time the fire does not threaten our camp property while we remain vigilant.

We will share updates if we have any new information. We are keeping the residents of Ventura County, the US Forest Service, and the Ventura County Fire Department in our thoughts.


December 5, 8:34 am

Dear Camp Ramah in California Community,

We want to update you on the Thomas Fire southeast of Camp Ramah near Santa Paula and throughout Ventura. We have been in contact with fire authorities who have informed us that the fire currently does not pose a threat to our camp or property, and we remain vigilant.

We have been reaching out to our Ojai staff and making sure they are all okay.
The camp currently does not have power, and we hope to have that restored soon. [UPDATE: Power was restored by around 1pm today]

Camp Ramah in California sends our thoughts and prayers to the Ventura County community, and hope that this fire will be contained soon.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with Rabbi Joe or Randy Michaels.

Thank you,
Rabbi Joe, Randy, and the entire Camp Ramah team


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