Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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(Photos: Mike Eliason, John Palminteri, VCFD)

Source: Santa Barbara County and Ready Ventura County
Updated at 9:00 a.m., December 12, 2017

Evacuations have now extended 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.

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. 

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

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.


RECENT UPDATES

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 parameter. 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.

Update from CalFire at 4pm 12/11/17: Mandatory and voluntary evacuations for the City of Ventura have been lifted with the exception of the areas north of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road. These areas remain under a mandatory evacuation.

Update from CalFire at 2pm 12/11/17: The mandatory evacuations of the unincorporated area between the cities of Ojai and Santa Paula commonly known as “Upper Ojai” along HWY 150 from Reeves road to Osborn road has been lifted. The mandatory evacuations of the area east of SR - 33, south of Cozy Ojai Rd, west of Foothill Rd and north of Fairview Rd has also been lifted.   

Update from CalFire at 6am 12/10/17: Due to changing conditions, Thomas Fire Unified Command requested the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office to issue an order expanding the mandatory evacuation to include the Carpinteria and Montecito areas east of Buena Vista Drive, north of Hwy 192 to the County line. Residents in this area should evacuate now. The Rincon Point area remains under mandatory evacuation.  The Sheriff's Office has also issued a voluntary evacuation warning from east of San Ysidro to the County line and south of  Highway 192 to the ocean. This includes the city of Carpinteria and some areas of Montecito. Residents in this area need to be prepared to leave in a moment's notice.


STATS

Acres Burned: 234,200

Containment: 20%

Injuries: 1

Structures Destroyed: 889

Structures Damaged: 182

Structures Threatened: 18,000

Total Personnel: 6,946

Citizens Evacuated/Sheltered: 94,607

Total Cost to Date: $48,616,000

Current Situation: Severe fire weather will continue to promote significant fire growth further into Santa Barbara County, threatening the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland.  In the north and east, active backing fire will move further into the Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.  Gusty offshore winds will continue to threaten structures in parts of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Casitas Springs, Fillmore, unincorporated areas of Ventura County, Murrieta Canyon and Matilija Canyon.  There is critical communication infrastructure on multiple peaks within the fire area that could affect public safety communications as well as cellular service.  Residents are urged to use caution while driving as fire equipment is still operating in the fire areas.

EOC Hotline 805-465-6650


MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

NEW: 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

Ojai/Lake Casitas

  • Unincorporated areas west of Ventura River, north of SR 150, east of Casitas Ranger Station, south of Los Padres National Forest
  • Los Encinos Road to Burnham Road, South of SR 150, and the Lake Casitas Recreation Area south of SR 150

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.


VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

NEW: 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

Ojai

  • Casitas Pass Road east to Highway 33, Spring Street to Loma Drive. (Includes Rice Road east to Loma Drive. Baldwin Road north to Besant Road)

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. 


MAPS

Heat index map by Direct Relief: Click here for a larger map


EVACUATION SHELTERS

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

 


HARD ROAD CLOSURES

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

  • 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 (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

VENTURA CITY & UNINCORPORATED AREAS 

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

FILLMORE CITY & UNINCORPORATED AREAS

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

SANTA PAULA UNINCORPORATED AREA

  • 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


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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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."
 

OFFICIAL REPORTS

Incident Status Report

 
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Flicka Dec 12, 2017 10:02 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

MATTY, In the 1960s I lived on East Valley Road and didn't know it was 192, don't recall signs. DUCKY, you are likely right about East Valley, after all there is no West Valley.

seana Dec 11, 2017 08:25 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Anyone have information on the 5 hot spots shown in Montecito on the nwcg map? https://maps.nwcg.gov/sa/#/%3F/34.4368/-119.5954/13 They are orange now, but I have not heard any news coverage of the fire touching down in Montecito neighborhoods.

macpuzl Dec 11, 2017 08:47 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Seana - Those are noise in the VIIRS satellite readings. It's so sensitive, it sometimes IDs instrumental noise as a spot fire. Someone at the 4 PM briefing at SMHS asked about those same 5 spots.

Roger Dec 11, 2017 08:34 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

I heard them talking about Toro Canyon earlier on the scanner I believe that is where the flare ups were Jim was telling me KEYT was running constant reports on it on a digital station but I really cannot figure out what he was talking about how to access it...He said they said it was calmed down the winds are calm and there are two choppers flying tonight in case of flare ups...That is all I know.

Roger Dec 11, 2017 05:09 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Looking toward the far East from the East Side fire can be seen over Montecito...

elderswimmer Dec 11, 2017 12:51 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Lots of lovely maps with lovely colors but no key to what they mean. Pink evac? Active fire? pretty but relatively useless!

SoapBox Dec 11, 2017 01:07 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Just click on any of the maps shown to get a full version that includes the legends and keys.

a-1513129256 Dec 11, 2017 01:02 PM
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Click on that little box with an arrow on the left side of the title bar, and it brings up the legend.

SBTom Dec 11, 2017 10:35 AM
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"MANDATORY EVACUATIONS AT SR-154" seems to be an incorrect headline at this time. It's voluntary at 154, no? Also, "effective 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11" is an error. Please check the accuracy before posting so we're not guessing what to trust.

a-1513129256 Dec 11, 2017 10:39 AM
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Came here to say the same thing. Accuracy is incredibly important in times like these!!!

macpuzl Dec 10, 2017 04:45 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Voluntary evacuation warning now extended to 154 from Foothill to E Camino Cielo!

macpuzl Dec 10, 2017 01:51 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

USGS GeoMAC site is good. Turn on the satellite (MODIS and VIIRS) data layer. https://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml

Shasta Guy Dec 10, 2017 11:08 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Another link with a lot of other links is here: http://www.rntl.net/santabarbaracountyfirecams.htm

Shasta Guy Dec 10, 2017 11:01 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

A link I've been using is this: http://wildfiretoday.com They are covering the Thomas Fire with a lot of details.

ljmdance Dec 10, 2017 10:42 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

Please, does anyone know where we can find an UPDATED map of the fire activity & evacuation areas with STREET level? Someone posted one the other day, but I can't find one now. Thank you!

Edhat Staff Dec 10, 2017 01:23 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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
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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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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

Ducky Dec 10, 2017 02:45 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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

Shasta Guy Dec 09, 2017 02:15 PM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

The latest fire map shows some hot spots coming down off the ridge....

a-1513129256 Dec 09, 2017 09:29 AM
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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-1513129256 Dec 09, 2017 07:10 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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-1513129256 Dec 09, 2017 06:19 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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-1513129256 Dec 08, 2017 07:14 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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-1513129256 Dec 07, 2017 10:11 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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 at 234,200 Acres

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

a-1513129256 Dec 07, 2017 03:53 AM
Thomas Fire at 234,200 Acres

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

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