What started as a small fire next to a freeway in Ventura County quickly spread to more than 20,000 acres of land, threatening thousands of homes, and burning more than seven miles from inland communities to the Pacific Ocean.
KCLU was on the story from within ten minutes of when the Springs Fire started, to it being fully controlled several days later. Even though the station has a small staff, with one full time news person, and two part time anchors, we provided hours of live coverage, especially in the critical first 12 hours of the blaze. Ultimately, despite the size of the fire, it was controlled with the loss of any lives, or homes.
This is a sampling of some of our live coverage, as well as some of the sounds of the fire we brought to our listeners.
KCLU Springs Fire Coverage: KCLU Springs Fire Coverage
About KCLU: KCLU is the NPR radio station serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, the three radio markets northwest of Los Angeles. The 20 year old station has 14 daily local newscasts, and we do daily long form (5-6 minute) in-depth story. We have a long history of providing breaking news coverage to the region, especially because we’ve had a string of more than a half dozen major brushfires in the last ten years, which have destroyed hundreds of homes. While we are small (total STATION staff is 5!) local news is our top priority, especially when there are only two other commercial stations in our area providing local news coverage.