Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara
(Photos: Mike Eliason, John Palminteri, VCFD)
NEW evacuation orders under "Mandatory Evacuations" and "Voluntary Evacuations" for City of Santa Barbara. Click here to view the most recent heat map. All new updates highlighted in yellow.
The Thomas Fire has burned 267,500 acres and is now at 40% containment with 8,477 fire personnel. Firefighters are warning residents to get out now and do not try to protect their own homes, their lives are at risk.
Traffic Alert: SR-154 is closed from Cathedral Oaks to SR-246. Highway 101 is now open.
Mail Delivery: The US Postal Service has announced mail will not be delivered in mandatory evacuation zones.
Update from County of Santa Barbara at 7:00 pm 12/16/17: The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office issued a new Voluntary Evacuation for the Painted Cave community, includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave.
Update from CALfire at 7:00 pm 12/16/17: Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there. Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.
North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road. Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33
Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.
Update from Edhat Staff at 11:45 am 12/16/17: New voluntary evacuations for the area north of Highway 101, west of Old Mill/Stage Coach Road, south of Round Tree Road, west of SR-154 (near the Blue Skies and San Vicente Mobile Home Parks)
Update from CALfire at 9:30 am 12/16/17: Voluntary evacuation warnings: This includes the area east of and including N. San Marcos Rd. to Hwy 154 and north of Cathedral Oaks Rd. to the intersection of Hwy 154 and N. San Marcos Rd (near top of San Marcos Pass). Residents should be prepared to leave in a moment’s notice.
Update from CALfire at 8:39 am 12/16/17: A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for the Montecito and Summerland Area. This includes the area north of Alameda Padre Serra/South Salinas Street and Highway 101, south of 192, east of Mission Canyon Road, and west of Hot Springs/Summit Road.
A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for parts of the Montecito area due to the Thomas Fire. This includes all areas south of Highway 101 to the coast and east of the Zoo to San Ysidro Rd.
A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING has been issued for parts of Santa Barbara City due to the Thomas Fire. This includes the area from Constance/Alameda Padre Serra/South Salinas on the north and east, Highway 101 on the south, and West Mission Street to State Street on the west. Be prepared to leave.
Update from CALfire at 8:30 am 12/16/17: A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for parts of Santa Barbara City due to the Thomas Fire. This includes the area east of Hwy 154 to Mission Canyon Rd and north of 192 to East Camino Cielo. Leave Now.
Update from CALfire at 8:00 am 12/16/17: A MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for parts of Montecito and Summerland due to the Thomas Fire. This includes the area north of Highway 101, south of 192, west of Toro Canyon Road, and east of Summit Road/east of the Country Club. Leave Now.
Official map as of 9:45am 12/16/17:
Acres Burned: 267,500
Structures Destroyed: 1,009
Structures Damaged: 227
Structures Threatened: 18,000
Total Personnel: 8,477
Citizens Evacuated/Sheltered: 94,607
Total Cost to Date: $110,268,500
*Fatalities: A 70-year-old Santa Paula Woman reportedly died after crashing her car in an attempt to evacuate, read more here. On Dec. 14th, a firefighter was killed while working on the Thomas Fire. Read more here.
**Injuries: A firefighter from Redding suffered a leg injury on Sunday while working on the Thomas Fire. He fractured his leg and was being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital before being sent home.
State of Emergency: Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County due to the Thomas fire. In addition, Santa Barbara County was issued a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with the mitigation, management, and control of the Thomas Fire. Read more here.
EOC Hotline 805-465-6650
Santa Barbara County (current as of 12:00 pm 12/16/17)
- All areas east of Highway 154, south of East Camino Cielo, west of Toro Canyon and north of Highway 101 at Toro Canyon to South Salinas then north of Alameda Padre Serra and to Highway 192 west to 154.
- The previous evacuation order for the area east of Toro Canyon to Casitas Pass Road north of Highway 192 and south of East Camino Cielo remains in effect. Residents should leave immediately.
Unincorporated Ventura County Area
- Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley
Unincorporated area of Fillmore:
- The area of Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north
- Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north.
If a Mandatory Evacuation (Order) is issued, you are advised to leave the area immediately. Emergency response personnel may not be able to assist you if you choose to remain. In addition, your presence in the area may hinder emergency response. The mandatory evacuation area will be patrolled by law enforcement personnel.
Santa Barbara County (as of 1:00 pm 12/16/17)
- East of and including North San Marcos Road to Highway 154, north of Cathedral Oaks and south of the intersection of Highway 154 and N. San Marcos Road (near top of San Marcos Pass).
- South of Highway 192, west of N. San Marcos Road, north of State Street, and east of Nomad Village/San Vicente Mobile Home Park, including La Cumbre Road and Hope Avenue south of State Street to Highway 101.
- East of Mission Street/Los Olivos, north of Highway 101 and south of Salinas/Alameda Padre Serra.
- In the Montecito area, south of 101 to the ocean and east of the Zoo/Ninos Drive to Eucalyptus Lane
Voluntary Evacuation (Warning) means there is a potential threat to life and property from the fire, but does not generally require leaving immediately. People in the Voluntary Evacuation (Warning) Area should make preparations should a mandatory evacuation order be issued. If you live in a voluntary evacuation zone, you should be prepared to leave immediately upon receiving instructions to do so. You may receive these instructions with very little notice. People with access and functional needs should consider leaving now. Consideration of evacuating large animals now may be prudent.
Santa Barbara County
University of California, Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center
City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Red Cross - Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals) – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
HARD ROAD CLOSURES
The Highway 101 offramps listed below will be closed to restrict access into the evacuation area
N/B US-101 Offramps (south to north)
- Padaro/Santa Claus Ln.
- Evans St.
- Sheffield Dr.
- San Ysidro Rd.
- Olive Mill Rd.
- Hermosillo Rd.
- Cabrillo Bl./Hot Springs Rd.
SB US-101 Offramps (north to south)
- Los Positas
- Cabrillo Bl.
- Olive Mill Rd.
- San Ysidro Rd.
- Sheffield Rd.
- North Padaro Ln.
- Highway 154 will be closed from 5:00 am to 9:00 am for the foreseeable future.
- Linden Avenue and Highway 192
- Santa Monica Road and Highway 192
- Cravens Lane and Highway 192
- Nidever Road and Highway 192
- Toro Canyon Road at Highway 192 and at Ladera Lane
- Highway 192 and Highway 150
- Highway 192 and Casitas Pass Road
- Highway 150 at Via Real
- Highway 150 and Gobernador Canyon Road
- Gibraltar Road from City Limits to East Camino Cielo
- E. Camino Cielo from Highway 154 East to Gibraltar
- Painted Cave from Highway 154 East to East Camino Cielo
Also see the Public Works Road Closure Map for additional information.
OJAI VALLEY & OJAI CITY & UNINCORPORATED AREAS
- SR 150 at Santa Ana Road to Via Real (Access for residents only on 150 at Santa Ana)
- SR 33 is again CLOSED from Fairview Ave, Ojai to Ventucopa. Please still be aware of fire crews working along the highway. SLOW DOWN for them. (12/12 at 12:35 PM)
VENTURA CITY & UNINCORPORATED AREAS
- North of Foothill Road between Day Road to Kimball Road
- US Highway 101 northbound at Seacliff
FILLMORE CITY & UNINCORPORATED AREAS
- Old Telegraph Road at C Street/Goodenough Rd
- Old Telegraph Road at SR 126
- Goodenough Road at Ash (no northbound traffic on Goodenough)
- Sycamore Road at SR 126
- Hall Road at SR 126
View the latest school closures here.
- Please call 866-EVRT911 (866-387-8911) for requests for assistance in animal evacuations. Large animal evacuations at the Ventura County Fairgrounds - 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA
- For assistance with evacuation of large animals, livestock or small pets, please call Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.
- Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting small domestic animals.
- Earl Warren Showgrounds is accepting large animals.
EOC Hotline: 805-465-6650
Fire Updates: 2-1-1 if you're in the 805 area code, or call 800-400-1572
So Cal Edison: 800-611-1911
Animal Evacuations: (805) 681-4332 or (866) 387-8911
Red Cross: 1-800 RED CROSS
DONATE TO THOMAS FIRE VICTIMS
Text UWVC to 41444 and 100% of the donations will go directly to those affected by the fires.