The Thomas Fire broke out on December 4, 2017, in Ventura and quickly became the largest fire in the history of California at a time. Similar to cities across Southern California, Ventura is home to hundreds of thousands of working class and Spanish-speaking Latino families. At the onset of the fire when many houses were burned down, and as the disaster continued, government agencies failed to alert local communities by providing timely information in Spanish—including evacuation and boil orders, as tap water was unsafe to drink. Many farmworkers also continued working outdoors despite toxic chemicals released from the Thomas Fire. The Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) mobilized to protect communities that were being neglected by state agencies and first responders. When CAUSE volunteers attempted to pass out protective masks to farmworkers, they were met with threats and intimidation by many agriculture businesses. CAUSE tried to solicit the support of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CAL-OSHA), but the agency had closed its nearby offices due to the ongoing fires. CAUSE then took to social media to call on their members for additional help.