Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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(Photos: Mike Eliason, John Palminteri, VCFD)

Source: Santa Barbara County and Ready Ventura County
Updated at 7:00 p.m., December 16, 2017

NEW evacuation orders under "Mandatory Evacuations" and "Voluntary Evacuations" for City of Santa BarbaraClick 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.


RECENT UPDATES

Update from County of Santa Barbara at 7:00 pm 12/16/17The 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 12/16/17Very 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:


STATS

Acres Burned: 267,500

Containment: 40%

Fatalities*: 2

Injuries**: 1

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


MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

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.


VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

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. 


MAPS

Heat Index Map by Direct Relief


EVACUATION SHELTERS

Santa Barbara County

University of California, Santa Barbara Multi Activity 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 


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.
  • Summerland
  • North Padaro Ln.

Other Closures

  • 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

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.

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


SCHOOL CLOSURES

View the latest school closures here.


ANIMAL EVACUATIONS

Ventura

  • 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.

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


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REX OF SB Dec 10, 2017 09:34 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 09, 2017 11:28 PM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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.

a-1513505616 Dec 09, 2017 09:29 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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-1513505616 Dec 09, 2017 07:10 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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-1513505616 Dec 09, 2017 06:19 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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?

SBPaul Dec 07, 2017 01:50 PM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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-1513505616 Dec 07, 2017 10:11 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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.

blazer Dec 07, 2017 07:43 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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-1513505616 Dec 07, 2017 03:53 AM
Thomas Fire Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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 Expanding Further into Santa Barbara

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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