Thomas Fire at 237,500 Acres and 25% Contained

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(Photos: Mike Eliason, John Palminteri, VCFD)

Source: Santa Barbara County and Ready Ventura County
Updated at 9:45 a.m., December 13, 2017

Voluntary evacuations extend to SR-154 in Santa Barbara effective 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. See all evacuation orders under "Mandatory Evacuations" and "Voluntary Evacuations" below. Click here to view the most recent heat map. All new updates highlighted in yellow.

The Thomas Fire has burned 237,500 acres and is now at 25% containment with 7,956 fire personnel. Water drops will continue on Wednesday in the Romero Canyon area.

Evacuation areas are still in place and are likely to remain for a few more days as the firefighters gain control of the fire. Please be alert to changes in evacuation areas as wind and fire behavior are unpredictable and conditions can change quickly.

Traffic Alert: California Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid driving on SR-154. Read more here.

Mail Delivery: The US Postal Service has announced mail will not be delivered in mandatory evacuation zones.


Update from CalFire at 12:00 pm 12/13/17: The mandatory evacuation order has been reduced to an evacuation warning for the areas of Rincon, including Rincon Beach.

Update from CalFire at 7:00 am 12/13/17: Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to battle with terrain driven winds. Most significant fire growth will occur to the west. Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas Incident. Firefighters will remain engaged in structure defense operations and scout for opportunities to establish direct perimeter control. Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas. Fire line construction to the north of these communities will continue. Improvement of the Camino Cielo for use as a control line will continue. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Point and Foothills. Direct line construction, where possible, will continue on the northern side of the fire within the Zaca Fire burn scar. To north of the Matilija Wilderness indirect line construction will continue in preparation for future burn operations. In previously burned areas, continued mop-up operations will occur in order to expedite repopulation efforts. The area between Fillmore and Ventura along Highway 126 will remain in patrol status. Fire personnel will work to construct direct fire line with the support of aerial resources where possible on the east side of the fire. Scouting for establishment of indirect fire line will continue where needed.

Update by CalFire at 12:00 pm 12/12/17: The mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted for the area that is bordered to the east by SR-33 between Casitas Vista Road to Cozy Dell Road; on the north by the Los Padres National Forest on a straight line from Cozy Dell Road to the USFS Casitas Station on SR-150; on the west by the USFS Casitas Station on SR-150 and the natural west shoreline of Lake Casitas; and on the south b y Casitas Vista Road from SR-33 and the natural south shoreline of Lake Casitas. 

Update from CalFire at 7:20 pm 12/11/17: The flare-ups seen to the east of downtown Santa Barbara and the Riviera are being monitored and do not currently pose a threat. The fire is feeding on unburned fuels within the current perimeter. Expect to see similar conditions throughout the night. Firefighters anticipate this fire behavior. Fire is more visible at night and appears closer than it is. Firefighters continue to remain in place providing structure defense in the affected area.



Acres Burned: 237,500

Containment: 25%

Injuries: 1

Structures Destroyed: 921

Structures Damaged: 191

Structures Threatened: 18,000

Total Personnel: 7,956

Citizens Evacuated/Sheltered: 94,607

Total Cost to Date: $61,488,000

Injuries: A firefighter 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. 

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 (7:00 pm on 12/10/17)

  • North of Highway 192 to East Camino Cielo between Highway 150 and Mission Canyon Road.
  • Hot Springs Road to Buena Vista Road, from Highway 192 north to East Camino Cielo
  • Buena Vista east to the County line and north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road), to include the 900 block of Park Lane east.
  • Carpinteria area East of Toro Canyon Rd. East to HWY 150, North of Hwy 192 to Camino Cielo.
  • Carpinteria area East of intersection of Casitas Pass Rd & Hwy 192, North of Hwy 192, & West of the county line.
  • SR-192 north to E.Camino Cielo between Toro Canyon Rd and Linden Ave.
  • Shepherd Mesa, Gobernador Canyon and Rincon Point.


City of Ventura

  • North of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road

Entire Community of Casitas Springs

Unincorporated Ventura County Area

  • Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley

Ventura County North Coast Area

  • Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Hwy 150, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach

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


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 7:00 PM 12/10/17)

  • Above (North of) Highway 192 between Mission Canyon and Highway 154
  • South of Highway 192, east of Mission Canyon, west of Hot Springs, north of APS, Salinas Street and Highway 101 to Hot Springs
  • East of Hot Springs, South of Highway 192, West of Highway 150

Unincorporated area of Fillmore

  • 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.


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. 


Heat Index Map by Direct Relief


Santa Barbara County

University of California, Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center

An evacuation shelter has been established at the UCSB Recreational Center, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, 93106. Evacuees should enter UCSB through the main east entrance, park in parking lot 16. Staff will guide you to the Center.  Directions to UCSB from Northbound Highway 101: Follow the signs for US-101 North through Santa Barbara. At exit 104B, take ramp right for CA-217 toward Santa Barbara Airport /UCSB. Road name changes to CA-217 N / Ward Memorial Blvd. At the roundabout, take the first right onto Mesa Road, and left on Ocean Road. Lot 16 is on the left, across the street from the Recreation Center.

Ventura County

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 

City of Ojai - Nordhoff High School (Red Cross) -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

City of Oxnard - Oxnard College Gymnasium (Red Cross)- Open 12/5/17, 0700

City of Santa Paula - Santa Paula Community Center (City of SP run shelter) - Open 0800

City of Fillmore - Veteran's Memorial Bldg (City of Fillmore run shelter), 511 2nd Street




  • 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


Soft Closures:

  • 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.


  • SR 150 (Casitas Pass Road) between Santa Ana Rd(Ojai) and the 101
  • SR 150 at Santa Ana Road to Via Real
  • SR 150 from Reeves Rd(Ojai) to Osborn Rd(Santa Paula)
  • SR 33 Northbound at Fairview Rd


  • North of Foothill Road between Harmon Canyon Road and Hall Canyon Road
  • North of Poli Street from Hall Canyon Road to Cedar Street


  • Old Telegraph Road at C Street
  • Old Telegraph at Keith Road
  • Sycamore Road at SR 126
  • Hall Road at SR 126


  • Cummings Road at Foothill Road
  • Peck Road at Foothill Road
  • Olive Road at Foothill Road
  • Toland at SR 126
  • Timber Canyon at SR 126
  • Briggs at Foothill Road
  • Bridge at SR 126
  • Telegraph Rd at SR126


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

Santa Barbara

  • 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


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:
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blazer Dec 07, 2017 07:43 AM
Thomas Fire at 237,500 Acres and 25% 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.

a-1513205700 Dec 07, 2017 03:53 AM
Thomas Fire at 237,500 Acres and 25% 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 at 237,500 Acres and 25% 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.

John Wiley Dec 06, 2017 03:08 PM
Thomas Fire at 237,500 Acres and 25% 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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