Carpinteria and Santa Barbara Embraces Thomas Fire Evacuees
Santa Barbara and Carpinteria are embracing Thomas Fire evacuees as the Carpinteria Unified School District closed on Wednesday.
An announcement was made at 6:00 a.m. by the Carpinteria District Office.
Thousands of evacuees fled to Carpinteria early Tuesday morning as the Thomas Fire grew exponentially overnight. The Casitas Pass shopping center was filled with people, belongings, and vehicles from Ventura County.
A reverse 911 call went out at 5:00 a.m. giving residents a short amount of time to leave their homes.
Residents of Santa Barbara County are pitching in to help in any way they can by donating goods, sheltering pets, and comforting evacuees.
As of Wednesday morning, the mandatory evacuation area reached Rincon Point in Santa Barbara County, the latest map is pictured below.
Carpinteria High School is providing shelter for evacuated livestock thanks to the local FFA.
UC Santa Barbara has opened an additional evacuation center in the Santa Barbara Multi-Activity Center at 516 Ocean Road.
Read the latest updates on the Thomas Fire here.