Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

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(Photos: Mike Eliason, John Palminteri, VCFD)

Recent updates highlighted in yellow.

Source: Santa Barbara County and Ready Ventura County
Updated at 8:50 a.m., January 12, 2018

The Thomas Fire has burned 281,893 acres was declared 100% contained on Friday, January 12, 2018.


RECENT UPDATES

Update from Los Padres National Forest at 8:50 am 1/12/18:

After the over flights yesterday, the Thomas Fire is now at 100% containment. The forest closures within the footprint of the Thomas Fire remain in effect until further assessments can be made and deemed safe for the public to re-enter. Los Padres National Forest would like to thank all the first responders and cooperators that responded to this incident over the last month and giving up the opportunity to spend the holidays with their families and the sacrifices they made. We would also like to thank the local and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during this time.

Wildfires exacerbate the potential for debris flow and are most likely to occur during high intensity rainfall. Debris flows can be extremely dangerous. There is currently a closure order that covers the burned area and surrounding areas as well. This order includes trails within the burned area. Please adhere to the closure order and stay out of the forest until Los Padres National Forest deems it safe for the public to reenter the area. Also, please be mindful of any notices and warnings put out by our cooperators, Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Services and Ventura County Office of Emergency Management.

The type 3 organization, under the command of Incident Commander, David Valencia, will be transferring command to a Los Padres National Forest type 4 team, under the command of Hector Medrano, effective Monday, January 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Due to the incoming weather the public will see an increase in heavy equipment on HWY 154, 33 & 101 as resources from the Thomas Fire move from the Ojai Ranger District to the Santa Barbara Ranger District. This in an effort to demobilize the majority of the resources assigned to the Thomas Fire before the weather system arrives on Monday.  Once this system has passed and clear skies return, personnel from the Thomas Fire will assess the fire area to determine when it will be safe to move equipment and crews back into the fire perimeter.  The type 3 Incident Management Team and the US Forest Service would like to remind the public to drive safe and be aware of the increase in heavy equipment that will be on the roads over the weekend. Firefighter and public safety are always the top priority of the US Forest Service and Los Padres National Forest.

The Los Padres National Forest is closed to the public within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. The Sage Hill Group Campground is temporarily closed while fire crews use the area as a base camp.

Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect for the Los Padres National Forest. Campfires are allowed only in designated-use sites, and no fires are allowed in the backcountry; portable stoves and lanterns (with an on-off switch) are only permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit.
 
The federal Burn Area Emergency Response (BAER) team and California Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) are assessing areas within the Thomas Fire for burn severity and identifying locations at risk for flooding, debris flows and other post-fire hazards. The teams will turn over their data to Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management and Ventura County Office of Emergency Services, who will develop emergency preparedness and response plans for their respective communities.

County-based emergency service agencies are reviewing assessment reports from the BAER and WERT teams and working on emergency preparation plans for affected communities. After a wildfire, flood risk is usually highest until vegetation returns, which can take up to five years. Flood preparation information is available at www.countyofsb.org/pwd/floodprep.sbc for Santa Barbara County and www.venturacountyrecovers.org for Ventura County.

Residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties may see an increase in wildlife in local communities due to displacement from the fire. Individuals who encounter these displaced animals are encouraged to maintain a safe distance, refrain from feeding them, and if a threat to humans is perceived call 911 (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

For questions, please call the Thomas Fire Information Help Line at 681-5542.

Closures:

  • Download the revised the Los Padres National Forest’s Thomas Fire closure order and map
  • Temporary closure of the East Camino Cielo from the San Marcos Station to Gibraltar Road from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m. daily.

Flood Preparation: Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are posting flood preparation and recovery information on the following websites:


STATS

Acres Burned: 281,893

Containment: 100%

Cause: Under Investigation

Fatalities*: 2

Injuries**: 3

Structures Destroyed: 1,063

Structures Damaged: 280

Structures Threatened: Unknown

Total Personnel: 13

Citizens Evacuated: Unknown

Total Cost to Date: $177,183,000

Containment Date: 1/12/18

Closures: Download the revised closure order and map

*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 December 10, and two other firefighters were injured on December 17. Read more here.

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


MAPS

Heat Index Map by Direct Relief

Repair Map as of 1/1/18 (Click on the map below for a larger image)

Thomas Fire Progression Map as of 12/31/17 (Click on the below map for a larger image)

Operations Map as of 12/31/17 (Click the map for a larger image)

A more detailed evacuation map can be found here. Evacuation Route maps can be found below:


PHONE RESOURCES

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.

A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water.  Each disaster is unique as are the needs of the shelter residents, but financial donations are always the quickest and best way to support the people who need it most.  Help people affected by the Thomas Fire by donating to the Red Cross in the following ways:
 
From the menu at the top of the page, select Donate
For the "I Want To Support"  choice, choose "Your local Red Cross."
 
 
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Edhat Staff Dec 10, 2017 01:23 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

This is the best evacuation map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1ASoCEnK1yHaI2Of55E92EXF69JdFdIp-&ll=34.426655321270324%2C-119.55166241302493&z=12

ljmdance Dec 10, 2017 11:00 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Thx. Been looking at the website, but couldn't find street level... found that I could toggle to it on the Google map.

ljmdance Dec 10, 2017 11:01 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Thx. Been looking at the website, but couldn't find street level... found that I could toggle to it on the Google map.

ljmdance Dec 10, 2017 11:03 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Thx. Been looking at the website, but couldn't find street level... found that I could toggle to it on the Google map.

ljmdance Dec 10, 2017 11:04 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Thx. Been looking at the website, but couldn't find street level... found that I could toggle to it on the Google map.

tagdes Dec 10, 2017 10:55 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Keyt has continuing live coverage and has shown the map multiple times along with constant updates. Now showing copter drops above Toro Cyn. It's on their website also.

Flicka Dec 10, 2017 07:57 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

For Montecito they keep referring to hwy. 192, I wish they would add it's East Valley Road. There are people who have no idea 192 is E. Valley

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:48 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:48 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:48 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:49 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:49 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

ladylagomorph Dec 15, 2017 12:50 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not always! Some people are challenged in map reading, and in remembering street names. I have that problem. I work around it, but sometimes need assistance. I'm sure there's something you have an issue with?

Ducky Dec 10, 2017 02:45 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

I agree, Flicka. As an aside, I once heard that East Valley Road should never be written as “E. Valley Road” as the ‘East’ is part of it’s name rather than indicating it’s direction. Don’t know whether it’s true, but it’s interesting...

REX OF SB Dec 10, 2017 10:43 AM
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MATTYBOY: Perhaps, but what about the people who DON'T live in the area? I'm a third-generation local, but even I have to think what/where 192, 217, etc., are and what their street names are.

REX OF SB Dec 10, 2017 09:34 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

THANK YOU, FLICKA!! I've been saying that for years. In times of disaster, it would be far better to refer to streets, roads and highways by the names that they are generally known.

blazer Dec 10, 2017 03:30 AM
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Carpinteria is looking a very menacing fire across the entire hillside north of 192. Time to leave. Evacuation orders from OES came at 2am.

blazer Dec 09, 2017 11:28 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Fire very visible from Carpinteria, the glow on the ridge extends for several miles back into Ventura county. Winds are calm ar Casitas Pass and 192. The Cal Fire alert said not to be too concerned, the fire is still at least 5 miles away from 192. Crews were working in the hill all day cutting breaks, so glad they have the time to prepare here, Ventura's situation was very different.

Shasta Guy Dec 09, 2017 03:27 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

It's now a big southerly push from the ridge above Lake Casitas according to the latest heat map. Take this thing seriously.

a-1539633780 Dec 09, 2017 09:29 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Thank you edhat for this great reporting and the links in one place, very helpful! Here's were KEYT reported masks were available today Saturday, December 9th: Sites for distribution of N-95 masks on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last will be: Albertson’s at 1018 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Franklin Community Center at 1136 E. Montecito Street in Santa Barbara (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Santa Barbara Public Library at 40 E. Anapamu Street (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Costco at 7095 Market Place Drive in Goleta (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Small and large size masks will be handed out. Limit two masks per person. Sites for distribution of N-95 masks on Saturday, December 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last will be: Albertson’s at 1018 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Franklin Community Center at 1136 E. Montecito Street in Santa Barbara (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Santa Barbara Public Library at 40 E. Anapamu Street (10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Costco at 7095 Market Place Drive in Goleta (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Small and large size masks will be handed out. Limit two masks per person. Masks are provided and distributed through the partnership of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Direct Relief International, Medical Reserve Corps, city of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

a-1539633780 Dec 09, 2017 07:10 AM
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Live webcams located on Broadcast Peak. http://hpwren.ucsd.edu/cameras/I/syp-e-mobo-c.html. Scroll down page to “SantaYnez Peak 360 degree panorama”, the first panel is Lake Cachuma, go to second panel and you’ll see the Thomas Fire smoke/fire in distance. This webcam is live day and night.

TWOSCOOPS Dec 09, 2017 06:45 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Kiosks at Paseo Nuevo (off State St.) and Sterns Wharf, current info on Thomas Fire. Reported by Santa Barbara Police Department, https://twitter.com/SBPDPIO .

a-1539633780 Dec 09, 2017 06:19 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

KEYT will have live broadcasts this morning (Sat.) 8-9 a.m. and this evening 6-7p.m. Sunday 6-7 a.m. and Sunday 9-9:30 a.m. For watching KEYT updates, press conferences (video of yesterdays press conference/update by fire officials), on the Thomas Fire, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KEYTNC3/

smary Dec 08, 2017 05:54 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

are any of the large tanker type planes working this fire dropping retardant? I've only seen helicopter water drops. If not Im wondering why as the winds have calmed. Are they just not available?

a-1539633780 Dec 08, 2017 07:14 AM
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Due to the winds, most of them are unable to fly. Smoke also makes visibility difficult.

SBPaul Dec 07, 2017 01:50 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Not looking good. Fire is just to the east of the end of the paved part of Camino Cielo. That position and an onshore flow and Santa Annas up top will not be a good mix for this evening. I hope they are able to get some good air support going but at this rate its not looking good for the hills behind carp.

a-1539633780 Dec 07, 2017 10:11 AM
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The fire is officially in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County. Where's our S.B. County Incidence Command Post? The current Command Center is at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

tagdes Dec 07, 2017 09:30 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

The incident is the Thomas Fire.. Incident command is Ventura Co. All other resources are coordinated through them. SB Co. is just one flank of this fire. All ops from LP ( Los Padres ) SB City, Ventura City...whatever, are all battalions covering sectors of the same fire.

blazer Dec 07, 2017 09:17 AM
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Just one ridge burning off of the 150 a half mile from the 101. As long as the wind stays down we should remain safe. No structures threatened as of 9am,Shepard Mesa is unchanged. Gobenador canyon also fine.

Roger Dec 07, 2017 07:54 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Blazer is putting out some good current information I too have had problems with my internet, Thank You Blazer...

blazer Dec 07, 2017 07:43 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Spot fires at la conchita and Faria are being knocked down by fire personnel. Winds are 20 mph in La Conchita, blowing offshore. Carpinteria winds calm.

blazer Dec 07, 2017 07:40 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Hwy 101 open both direction. 150 and 33 closed. Traffic moving smoothly as of 715am

a-1539633780 Dec 07, 2017 03:53 AM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Ventura Co. Sheriff‏ @VENTURASHERIFF. US 101 is closed in both directions between Carpinteria and Ventura. With S/R 150 also closed between Carpinteria and Ojai, there is no viable route between Santa Barbara and Ventura. Avoid the area. #ThomasFire. 3:28 AM - 7 Dec 2017

John Wiley Dec 06, 2017 05:38 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Glad you mentioned blackout potential. I'd been thinking abou that too. Checking out the locations of major powerlines in the mountains is on my ToDo list. I don't know the local radio channel(s), because I have backup power so I stay online. During the initial Thomas outage my Cox internet went down so I had to use cell hotspot on my laptops for net access. Anyway, if you can get online, you could check SBitZ.NET for updates since I'll probably be posting. If anyone else (Roger?) wants to contribute info there you're certainly welcome. Trolls won't be tolerated there, since unlike our friendly Edhat it's all about useful and respectful info.

a-1539633780 Dec 06, 2017 04:02 PM
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Thanks, John Wiley. If power goes out, what channel can I turn to on my battery powered radio for updates on S.B. and Noleta?

John Wiley Dec 06, 2017 03:08 PM
Thomas Fire Now 100% Contained

Alert: In the aviation wind forecast I'm seeing potential for rapid fire spread into our mountains tonight. I've started a topic about it on SBitZ.NET and will start posting details there soon. Just wanted to alert the Edhat community to be prepared tonight into tomorrow.

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