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  • Incident Name: Thomas, Ventura County
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: VCF
  • Size (acres): 281,893
  • Percent Contained: 92%
  • Estimate of Containment: January 7, 2018
  • Personnel: 632
  • Structures Destroyed: 1,063

Thomas, Ventura County Fire Department. Transfer of command from IMT 1 (von Tillow) back to the local unit occurred yesterday. Seven miles east of Ojai, CA. Chaparral and brush. Active fire behavior with creeping and backing. Road, area and trail closures in effect.

December 31, 2017 at 8:32 AM

The Thomas Fire that has affected portions of Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and the Los Padres National Forest had a change in command at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30. Firefighters have contained 92 percent of the fire. The Type 1 Interagency Incident Management Team, under the leadership of Mark von Tillow, will hand over command of the fire to a local Type 3 Incident Management Team, under the command of Dave Valencia from the Los Padres National Forest.

The Incident Command Post at the Ventura County Fairgrounds will be moved to the Los Prietos Ranger Station, 3505 Paradise Road in Santa Barbara.

Crews are continuing to do mop up and fire suppression repair. Yesterday, crews and helicopters responded to a ¼- to ½-acre of active fire yesterday within the fire perimeter near Gibraltar Road. Crews continue tending to hot spots within the fire perimeter and monitoring for smoke and sporadic fire activity within pockets of unburned vegetation. The area continues to experience record high temperatures and low relative humidities for this time of year and additional fire activity can be expected. If you see fire activity near established control lines, call 911 to report it.

Highway 33 was opened to the public last night at 6 p.m. Travelers should note, however, that National Forest System lands within the Thomas Fire burn area remain closed to the public.

The Los Padres National Forest issued a Forest Order effective Jan. 1, 2018 through the end of the 2018 fire season.Level 3 fire restrictions are in effect with campfires allowed only in designated use sites and no fires allowed in the backcountry; portable stoves and lanterns (with an on-off switch) are only permitted with a valid California Campfire Permit.

The Los Padres National Forest has reduced its closure order to only the Thomas Fire perimeter on National Forest System lands within the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. The Mount Pinos Ranger District is now open to the public.

The federal Burn Area Emergency Response team and California Watershed Emergency Response Team 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.

As the wildfire becomes more contained, firefighting efforts are shifting to repairing damage caused by suppression efforts. Common suppression tactics and activities that displace vegetation and disturb soil are fire line construction (dozer and hand line), as well as the clearing of terrain for helispots, safety zones, spike camps, staging areas and creating access to water sources. Roads also can be damaged from the increased use of heavy equipment.

Suppression repair techniques, such as constructing water bars to dissipate water or slow its flow, as well as returning or scattering shrubs and herbaceous plants along created contingency lines, reduces erosion and returns a natural seed source to the environment. Suppression repair also mitigates visual impacts on the landscape and works on reducing the establishment of noxious weeds. Suppression repair also protects sensitive habitat, natural or cultural resource areas, as well as prevents the unauthorized establishment or use of trails or roads.

Air quality remains good to moderate in Santa Barbara, Ventura and surrounding areas. Visitors are encouraged to make plans to enjoy the region during the upcoming holiday weekend. Businesses are open and eager to serve the public.

December 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM

The Thomas Fire has very little active heat at this time. No forward progress of the fire is expected at this point. Visitors are encouraged to make plans to enjoy Santa Barbara, Ventura, and surrounding areas during the upcoming holiday weekend. Businesses are open and eager to serve the public. Please be aware some sections of the Los Padres National Forest remain closed for public safety. Reduced fire activity means there is little smoke. Air Quality reports indicate healthy conditions for outdoor activities, unless individuals have hyper-sensitivity to smoke.

Firefighters remain vigilant in monitoring fire lines and are ready to respond when needed. We advise extra caution when driving. Two back country areas had active fire yesterday; neither posed any threat to containment. There were no fire runs, after several days of significant fire activity well within containment lines.

West of Cherry Creek Road, things have “settled down” said Operations Section Chief Pat Russell. This section still contains large areas of unburned fuels, and active fire is expected when weather conditions that will support fire return. In the coming days, people may see smoke, firefighters, and helicopters in this area, but there is no expectation that the fire will make any movement outside established containment lines. Hotspots remain in the Bear Heaven area.

Air support is implementing water drops in that area due to steep, rugged terrain with limited access. Additional aircraft remain available in the event there are flare-ups or new fire starts in the area.

Firefighters are building upon previous gains by strengthening established containment lines adjacent to communities and other infrastructure. Repair work is underway to mitigate impacts from fire suppression activity.

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).

December 26, 2017 at 8:07 AM

The Thomas Fire has very little active fire at this time. Visitors are encouraged to make plans to enjoy Santa Barbara, Ventura, and surrounding areas during the upcoming holiday weekend. Businesses are open and eager to serve the public. Be aware some sections of Los Padres National Forest remain closed for public safety. Reduced fire activity means there is little smoke. Air Quality reports indicate healthy conditions for outdoor activities, unless individuals have hyper-sensitivity to smoke. Firefighters remain vigilant in monitoring fire lines and being ready to respond when needed. We advise extra caution when driving.

No forward progress of the fire is expected at this point. Firefighters are building upon previous gains by strengthening established containment lines adjacent to communities and other infrastructure. Repair work is underway to mitigate impacts from fire suppression activity. Hotspots remain in the Bear Heaven area. Air support with water drops is being used due to steep, rugged terrain with limited access, as needed. Aircraft remain available in the event there are flare-ups or new fire starts in the area.

December 25, 2017 at 9:11 AM

Home saved by firefighters
Credit: USFS-Stuart Palley

Today, the fire map was adjusted to show approximately a half-mile of additional containment line along Cherry Creek Road. On Monday, December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of Cherry Creek Road. Fire that resulted from this earlier firing operation has been slowly advancing southward toward the main fire, as intended. The additional containment line closed the loop, creating an interior pocket of burned and unburned vegetation. The increase in acreage was expected and was an intended outcome of the firing operation and is within established containment lines. It should be noted that there have been no additional firing operations conducted since those that took place on December 18. Smoke observed since than has been a result of creeping fire and flare-ups in unburned areas within the containment lines.

Hotspots remain in the Bear Heaven area. Air support with water drops is being used due to steep, rugged terrain with limited access.

The fire line from Ventura to Santa Barbara is contained and secure. Even though fuels in the fire area remain critically dry, with shorter days and lack of significant winds no forward progress of the fire is expected. Firefighters are building upon previous gains by strengthening established containment lines adjacent to communities and other infrastructure. Mop up operations along the fire perimeter and active patrol are ongoing. Repair work is underway to mitigate impacts from fire suppression activity. Firefighting crews and aircraft remain available in the event there are flare-ups or new fire starts in the area.
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).

Fire Weather:  Wind: 10 mph off shore.  Temp: Highs in the 60s to low 70s.  Humidity: 5-15%.

Closures: Sr33/Fairview Rd. is closed. Portions of Los Padres National Forest remain closed. Download the closure order and map  on the Los Padres National Forest web page.

Evacuations: There are currently no mandatory evacuation orders in effect. Residents on Highway 33 between Rose Valley north to Hartman Ranch remain under a voluntary evacuation warning due to fire activity in the nearby areas.

Air Quality: Smoke may be visible at times due to interior hotspots that come to life as dry weather conditions persist. Smoke and ashfall from these flare-ups may occur in some areas, such as Rose Valley and Ojai. Because of the Thomas incident, approximately 30 oil seep fires have been ignited in the Upper Ojai area and continue to burn. In addition to smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire these oil seep fires contribute to air quality issues in the area. A foam product has been ordered that may help extinguish the oil seep fires and will be applied immediately upon delivery. Once the product is applied area residents may see an increase in smoke and firefighting resources. Results of the application of this product will be known in the next few days. An updated air quality report may be found at http://www.ourair.org or http://www.vcapcd.org

December 23, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Most fire suppression activity is now on National Forest System lands. However, CAL FIRE will continue assisting with the overall fire suppression and recovery effort, as needed. The Thomas Fire is now 273,400 acres, making it the largest fire recorded in California’s modern history.

The front country fire perimeter is secure. Firefighters are building upon previous gains by securing established containment lines adjacent to communities and other infrastructure. Mop up operations along the fire perimeter and active patrol are ongoing. Firefighters and aircraft remain available to address flare-ups or new starts in the area.

Firefighters conducted strategic firing operations on the northern flank of the fire along Cherry Creek Road near Highway 33. This offensive tactic is being implemented to prevent the fire from spreading to the north by removing fuel ahead of the uncontained fire’s edge. Some heat remains in the Bear Heaven area.

Air support with water drops is used due to steep, rugged terrain with limited access. 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 contact their local animal control office if a threat is perceived.

The Thomas fire is now being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Mark von Tillow commanding. Fire remains in Unified Command.

December 22, 2017 at 8:43 AM

Thomas Fire, Branch II Firing Operation. Credit: Stuart Palley, U.S.F.S.

Approximately 63% of the fire is on federal lands. 140,862 acres are on National Forest System Lands. A Forest Closure Order prohibits public access in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The fire is now the 2rd largest fire in California’s history at 272,800 acres. The Thomas Fire is under unified command with Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire, United States Forest Service, Ventura County Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire.

The dry cold front moved through the area and was replaced by weak offshore flow. Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour produced no remarkable fire activity in the Montecito area, Camino Cielo or Fillmore. The firing operation was impacted by relative humidity of 90 percent and received a small amount snow. As the afternoon progressed, relative humidity decreased allowing firing operations to resume.

The fire area has not received any rainfall over .10 inches since February. Live fuel conditions are far below critical levels. ERCs have dipped with the last 36 hours of humidity. Crews are mopping the Camino Cielo to strengthen the fireline there. To the north of Camino Cielo, direct and indirect line construction is ongoing toward the Zaca fire,with cold trailing occurring as possible. Direct line construction is continuing within the Zaca fire footprint. Firing to Rose Valley will continue. East of Rose Valley crews will continue direct line construction, moving toward the Sespe Wilderness boundary.

North of the community of Fillmore fire behavior was minimal where it has backed into the Sespe drainage. To the north, the fire is slowly moving through the Sespe Wilderness and Bear Haven area, where it is being closely monitored. Carpinteria, the Ojai Valley area, and Highway 126 between Highway 150 and Fillmore are all in patrol status.

On 12/22 at 6PM California Incident Management Team 4 and California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Thomas fire to California Interagency Incident Management Team 3.

Firing to Rose Valley is estimated to take four days to complete. East of Rose Valley will continue direct line construction, moving toward the Sespe Wilderness boundary. North of the community of Fillmore fire behavior was minimal where it has backed into the Sespe drainage. To the north, the fire is slowly moving through the Sespe Wilderness and Bear Haven area, where it is being closely monitored. Carpinteria, the Ojai Valley area, and Highway 126 between Highway 150 and Fillmore are all in patrol status. Resources have maintained a presence along the Highway 101 area, to the east of Fillmore to Highway 150.

December 21, 2017 at 9:16 AM

A dry cold front crossed into the fire area starting late Wednesday, bringing strong north winds comparable to those that occurred when the fire moved into Montecito on the 16th.

The fire area has not received any rainfall over .10 inches since February. Live fuel conditions are far below critical levels, with record ERCs continuing to be set for this time of year. No precipitation is forecast for the foreseeable future.

After the passage of the front, Santa Anas are expected to return. A strong presence of suppression resources will continue to be in place during the period of the north wind event. At the time of this report, limited fire activity occurred with the increase in winds. The north winds are predicted to last into Thursday morning.

The past three days of reduced fire behavior has allowed crews to continue securing the Montecito area effectively with tactical patrol and line improvement. Spots to the west of Gibralter Road have been contained and are being mopped up. The current north wind event will wind test these areas, as remnant heat will be fanned by strong wind.

Crews are mopping the Camino Cielo to strengthen the fireline there. To the north of Camino Cielo, direct and indirect line construction is ongoing toward the Zaca fire, with cold trailing occurring as possible. Direct line construction is continuing within the Zaca fire footprint.

From the Zaca Fire, a significant firing operation was hampered by west winds, interrupting the operation until favorable winds return. Firing to Rose Valley is estimated to take four days to complete. East of Rose Valley will continue direct line construction, moving toward the Sespe Wilderness boundary. North of the community of Fillmore fire behavior was minimal where it has backed into the Sespe drainage.

To the north, the fire is slowly moving through the Sespe Wilderness and Bear Haven area, where it is being closely monitored. Carpinteria, the Ojai Valley area, and Highway 126 between Highway 150 and Fillmore are all in patrol status. Resources have maintained a presence along the Highway 101 area, to the east of Fillmore to Highway 150.

With the Thomas Fire is at 60% containment and 40 miles of line left to complete, it is time to start preparing for fire suppression repair, and long term recovery. Over 63% or 147,469 acres of the fire are on federal lands, 147,469 of which 142,211 of which are National Forest System Land. 

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December 19, 2017 at 8:19 AM

Regular diurnal flow will continue over the fire area, bringing a slight increase in relative humidity. Resources will continue fire suppression activities and tactical patrol in Montecito, and improve the fire perimeter. While the weather conditions are improving with an increase in humidity recovery, and decrease in wind speeds, fuels remain critically dry. Mop up and strengthening of containment line in the Gibralter Road area will continue. Direct and indirect fireline construction extending to the north of the Camino Cielo will continue, tying into the Zaca fire. The threat to Fillmore has decreased with the completion of line from town to Devil’s Gate. Continued strengthening of control lines will help to further decrease threats. On the north and east flanks of the fire, the fire continues to progress further into the Matilija and Sespe Wilderness and toward the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions. Repopulation will continue as threats in previously evacuated areas decreases.

Minimal fire activity was observed overnight allowing crews to strengthen containment lines and continue mop up. Southwesterly winds are expected to develop this afternoon and continue into the early evening. Regular diurnal flow will continue over the fire area, bringing a slight increase in relative humidity. Resources will continue fire suppression activities and tactical patrol in Montecito, and improve the fire perimeter. While the weather conditions are improving with an increase in humidity recovery, and decrease in wind speeds, fuels remain critically dry. Mop up and strengthening of containment line in the Gibralter Road area will continue. Direct and indirect fireline construction extending to the north of the Camino Cielo will continue, tying into the Zaca fire footprint.

Some hot spots to remain within the Ojai Valley area. The ongoing presence of suppression resources should mitigate any residual threat from fire.

The threat to Fillmore has decreased with the completion of line from town to Devil’s Gate. Continued strengthening of control lines will help to further decrease threats. On the north and east flanks of the fire, the fire continues to progress further into the Matilija and Sespe Wilderness and toward the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions. Repopulation will continue as threats in previously evacuated areas decreases.

The Thomas Fire has now been burning for 16 days. It broke out December 4th near Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai. The fire was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds overnight, and quickly spread into the city of Ventura. More than 500 structures in Ventura County were destroyed. The fire crossed into Los Padres National Forest and is now burning in the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. Los Padres is in Unified Command with Cal Fire and other local cooperating agencies. Approximately 61% of the fire is on federal lands. 142,211 acres are on National Forest System Lands. A Forest Closure Order prohibits public access in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The fire is now the 3rd largest fire in California’s history. The Thomas Fire is under unified command with Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire, United States Forest Service , Ventura County Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire.

Weak northeast winds, gusting between 15 and 30 MPH, prevailed across the fire last night and this morning with the strongest winds across the Ventura zone. For today, the weak northeast winds are expected to shift to a south to southwest direction this afternoon. With the south to southwest winds in the afternoon, temperatures areexpected to be a bit cooler and relative humidity a bit higher.

December 18, 2017 at 8:05 AM

Weak northeast winds prevailed across the fire last night they are expected to shift to a south to southwest direction this afternoon. With the forecasted winds, temperatures are expected to be cooler and relative humidity higher allowing for favorable firefighting efforts. Areas of concern are above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Summerland, and also Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley, and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

The threat continues to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values with fire being established in the Sespe drainage.

Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions. Repopulation will continue as threats in previously evacuated areas decreases.

December 17, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 756 Single Family Residences Damaged: 189

Multiple Residence Destroyed: 2 Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 2

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 19 Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 241 Other Minor Structures Damaged: 40

Total Personnel: 8,529 Engines: 972 Water Tenders: 94 Helicopters: 34 Hand Crews: 166 Dozers: 77 Other: 5

For the front country cities of Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Summerland, structure protection, direct and indirect line construction, and tactical patrol around structures will continue through the shift as necessary to protect structures and control fire perimeter. Fire resources will maintain a state of readiness to implement the firing operation contingency plan of indirect line, if needed, and respond to fire threats based on fire behavior. Evacuation planning and implementation will continue as needed. Contingency lines will be scouted and constructed as identified west of Hwy 154.

To the north of Camino Cielo, direct and indirect line construction will proceed northward, buffering with firing operations as necessary. Direct line construction will continue in the Zaca Fire, transitioning to indirect as it extends to Highway 33.

Implementation of the fire plan is planned for tomorrow along the indirect fireline from the Zaca fire to the intersection of Hwy 33 and Rose Valley Road is ongoing. Direct and indirect line construction will be ongoing in the Rose Valley area with planning for future firing operations.

In the Fillmore area, crews will hold fireline to the north of town. Indirect fireline is ongoing on the east side of the Sespe drainage in the sparse fuels.

Mop-up will continue in evacuated areas to support repopulation, the lifting of road closures, and to bolster existing firelines. Repopulation will continue in select areas. Planning for evacuations and additional repopulation will continue.

Suppression repair activities have begun in the Ojai area and will continue based on fire behavior. Damage inspection is ongoing.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over the fire for the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. Critical fire weather combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire. Areas of concern are above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, and Summerland, and also Matilija Wilderness,

12 hours: Rose Valley, and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

The majority of resources will continue fire suppression activities in the coastal communities in Santa Barbara County. Fire resources will continue direct line construction and structure protection operations as fire behavior dictates. Firefighters will continue constructing direct fireline where possible, working to tie in to the Tea fire and Jesusita fire footprints. The threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Summerland and Montecito will continue. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth as necessary. Direct and indirect firelineconstruction extending to the north of the Camino Cielo will continue. Contingency groups will work to improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills. Crews will work to secure Gibralter Road to halt westward progression of the fire.

In the north, 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. From Highway 33 to the north of the Matilija Wilderness, indirect line construction will continue in preparation for future firing operations based on fire behavior. Fire spread within the areas of Bear Haven and the Day Fire will be closely monitored.

In the east, firefighters will improve the fireline that has been established to keep the fire out of the outlying areas of Fillmore. Indirect and direct line extending north from Fillmore will continue, in preparation for future firing operations if needed. Crews will construct direct and indirect fireline around the spot fire east of Sespe River. Fire progression towards the Sepse river drainage north of Fillmore will remain a concern. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing.

The area between Fillmore and Ventura along Highway 126 will remain in patrol status. Mop-up around the Ojai Valley area will continue, as communities remain threatened by residual hot spots. In previously burned areas, continued mop-up operations will occur in order to expedite repopulation efforts, which are ongoing. Planning for evacuation is ongoing as well.

Contingency line construction will continue on the west and north sides of the fire. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills.

Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions. Repopulation will continue as threats in previously evacuated areas decreases.

Red flag warnings will remain in place for Ventura County for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. The critically low live fuel moistures will continue to sustain active fire behavior. Areas of concern are the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley, and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore. Fire crews will continue to strengthen firelines above these communities. Resources will remain poised to evacuate areas ahead of fire spread if needed. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo connecting to the lighter fuels of the Zaca Fire footprint will continue. Fire growth to the west, north, and east will continue where lines have not been established.

On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of 24 hours: Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road. Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33. From Highway 33 to the north of the Matilija Wilderness, indirect line construction will continue in preparation for future firing operations as needed based on fire behavior. Fire spread within the areas of Bear Haven and the Day Fire will be closely monitored.

In the east, firefighters will improve the fireline that has been established to keep the fire out of the outlying areas of Fillmore. Indirect and direct line extending north from Fillmore will continue, in preparation for future firing operations if needed. Crews will construct direct and indirect fireline around the spot fire east of Sespe River. Fire progression towards the Sepes river drainage north of Fillmore will remain a concern. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing.

The area between Fillmore and Ventura along Highway 126 will remain in patrol status. Mop-up around the Ojai Valley area will continue, as communities remain threatened by residual hot spots. In previously burned areas, continued mop-up operations will occur in order to expedite repopulation efforts, which are ongoing. Planning for evacuation is ongoing as well.

Contingency line construction will continue on the west and north sides of the fire. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills.

Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions. Repopulation will continue as threats in previously evacuated areas decreases.

December 16, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 7:00 am, 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.

December 16, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Credit: Kari Greer U.S.F.S

The Thomas Fire has now been burning for 13 days. It broke out December 4th near Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai. The fire was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds overnight, and quickly spread into the city of Ventura. More than 500 structures in Ventura County were destroyed. The fire crossed into Los Padres National Forest and is now burning in the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. Los Padres is in Unified Command with Cal Fire and other local cooperating agencies. Approximately 61% of the fire is on federal lands. 130,707 acres are on National Forest System Lands. A Forest Closure Order prohibits public access in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The fire is now the 3rd largest fire in California’s history. The Thomas Fire is under unified command with Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire, United States Forest Service , Ventura County Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire.

Northeast winds will return over the fire area. Critical fire weather combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire. Areas of concern are above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley, and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Santa Barbara County:

Firefighters will continue constructing direct fireline where possible with support from air resources, working to tie in to the Tea fire and Jesusita fire footprints. Crews will remain engaged in structure defense operations. The threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito will continue

Ventura County:

In the east, firefighters will improve the fireline that has been established to keep the fire out of the outlying areas of Fillmore. Indirect line extending north from Fillmore will continue, in preparation for future firing operations. To the north, fire spread within the areas of Bear Haven and the Day Fire will be closely monitored.

Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo connecting to the lighter fuels of the Zaca Fire footprint will continue. Fire growth to the west, north, and east will continue where lines have not been established.

On the north side of the fire, direct line construction and firing operations will continue in Rose Valley.

SMOKE: Strong, gusty down-canyon winds and extreme fire activity today will send heavy smoke and ash across eastern sections of the South Coast, spreading out into Goleta as well. Improved conditions over San Luis Obispo and north-western Santa Barbara Counties. Continued smoky over western Ventura County until the Santa Ana winds pick up tonight.

December 15, 2017 at 8:26 AM

The Thomas Fire has now been burning for 12 days. It broke out December 4th near Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai. The fire was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds overnight, and quickly spread into the city of Ventura. More than 500 structures in Ventura County were destroyed. The fire crossed into Los Padres National Forest and is now burning in the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Dirtstricts. Los Padres is in Unified Command with Cal Fire and other local cooperating agencies. 127,783 acres of the Thomas Fire are now on the National Forest System Land. A Forest Closure Order prohibits public access in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The fire is now the 4th largest fire in California’s history. The Thomas Fire is under unified command with Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire, United States Forest Service , Ventura County Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire.

Santa Barbara County: Firefighters will remain prepared for structure defense operations and continue direct line construction above the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth as needed. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills.

Ventura County: Improvement and mop up of fireline in the Fillmore area will continue. Fire in the Bear Wallow area and Day Fire footprint will remain in monitor status. In the north, direct line construction will continue within the Zaca fire footprint, tying in to Highway 33. From Highway 33 indirect line construction for future firing operations will continue to the north of the Matilija Wilderness, toward Rose Valley. Utility companies continue to assess and mitigate infrastructure that was damaged from the fire so citizens can be safe when returning to these affected areas.

A Red Flag warning has been extended through this morning at 10:00 a.m. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Shifting winds are anticipated starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday morning. Structure defense and perimeter control will continue through the evening in active areas of the fire. Crews will work through the operational period patrolling the front country of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and the City of Santa Barbara. Crews will construct direct fireline where possible and indirect line where required above those communities. Topography, fuels, and shifting winds are presenting a challenge to this operation. Evacuation planning and implementation will continue as needed. To the north of Camino Cielo, both direct and indirect line construction will proceed northward. Direct line construction will continue in the Zaca Fire burn scar with ongoing preparations and planning for future firing operations if necessary. Direct line construction on the fire to the north of Rose Valley will continue and firing operations will progress eastward toward the Sespe Wilderness. Contingency line construction will continue primarily to the west and north of the fire. The fire was active in the area above the Sespe drainage. Direct and indirect fire line construction will be occur as possible based on terrain and fire behavior. In the Fillmore area, direct and indirect line will be constructed northward with ongoing planning for future firing operations if necessary. Aggressive mop-up will continue in evacuated areas to support repopulation, the lifting of road closures, and to bolster existing firelines. Repopulation will continue in select areas.

December 14, 2017 at 7:17 AM

Structure defense and perimeter control will continue through the day in Toro Canyon and other active areas of the fire. Crews will work through the night to protect structures along the Front Country of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and the City of Santa Barbara. Direct suppression will continue where possible. Contingency line construction will proceed to address the probability of significant fire growth with considerable threats to life and property. Evacuation planning and implementation will continue as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to push fire to the west. Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will support fire growth on the west and north sides of the Thomas Fire. 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. Fireline construction to the north of these communities will continue. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth. Improvement of the Camino Cielo for use as a control line will occur. Contingency groups will work to improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County in the areas of Windy Point and Foothills.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue on the northern side of the fire as well as the establishment of secondary line. In previously burned areas, continued mop-up operations will occur in order to expedite repopulation efforts. The area between west of Fillmore and Ventura along Highway 126 will remain in patrol status. Ojai, Casitas Springs, Oak View and Matilija Canyon will remain threatened by residual hot spots. In the east, outlying areas of Fillmore will remain threatened. Fire personnel will work to construct direct fireline where possible on the east side of the fire. Scouting for establishment of indirect fireline will continue where needed. The Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary remain a concern due to active fire in rugged terrain.

December 13, 2017 at 7:42 AM

FIRE FACTS:

Incident Start Date: 12/04/2017 Incident Start Time: 6:26 P.M.

Incident Type: Wildland Fire Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Location: Santa Paula / Ventura Expected Containment: Unknown

Total Acreage: 237,500 Containment: 25%

Firefighter Injuries: 0 Civilian Injuries: 0

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 709 Single Family Residences Damaged: 164

Multiple Residence Destroyed: 2 Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 2

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 18 Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 190 Other Minor Structures Damaged: 27

Total Personnel: 7956 Engines: 983 Water Tenders: 52 Helicopters: 27 Hand Crews: 152 Dozers: 79

Northeast to east winds, gusting between 20 and 30 MPH, developed last night and this morning. With the winds, relative humidity recovery was very poor, especially above 1000 feet. By this afternoon, the offshore winds will weaken and southerly/onshore winds will develop. It will be another warm day with many areas in the lower to mid 80s. Relative humidity will drop into the single digits and low teens during the day.

December 12, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Severe fire weather will continue to promote significant fire growth further into Santa Barbara County, threatening the communities of Montecito and Summerland.

Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to push fire to the west while very low fuel moistures, high temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will support fire growth on the west and north sides. E

xtreme fire behavior will continue to hamper control efforts. Firefighters will remain engaged in structure defense operations and scout for opportunities to establish direct perimeter control. Gusty northeast winds will cause the fire to threaten areas of the city of Santa Barbara.

Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Carpenteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth. Contingency groups will work to establish contingency line in Santa Barbara County in the areas of Windy Point, Camino Cielo and Foothills. Identification of potential control features in the north and east will continue.

Citizens Evacuated: 94,607 Firefighter Injuries: 0 Civilian Injuries: 0

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 691 Single Family Residences Damaged: 158

Multiple Residence Destroyed: 2 Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 2

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 12 Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 182 Other Minor Structures Damaged: 24

December 11, 2017 at 6:44 AM

Extreme plume dominated and wind driven fire behavior was observed throughout the day. Night time RH recovery expected to be minimal. The fire continues to actively push west. Extreme fire behavior will continue to hamper control efforts.

The fire is expected to spread towards Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter.

Contingency groups will work to establish contingency line in Santa Barbara County in the areas of Windy Point, Camino Cielo and Foothills. Identification of potential control features in the north and east will continue. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter.

Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order prohibiting access on the Ojai, Santa Barbara and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The Thomas Fire is actively burning on multiple ranger districts, with separate flanks of the fire continuing to grow and spread rapidly. This closure is being implemented to provide for public safety and will remain in effect until it is safe to reenter the area. District Ranger Pancho Smith said “We are experiencing unprecedented conditions and fire behavior for this time of year. Our top priority is the safety of the public, adjacent communities, and our firefighters”.

December 10, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Thomas Fire Unified Command requested the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office to expand the mandatory order has been expanded to include from Buena Vista east to the County line and north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road), to include the 900 block of Park Lane east.

The voluntary evacuation warning has has been expanded to include:

East of Hot Springs to Buena Vista Drive, north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road)
East of Eucalyptus Lane /San Ysidro to the County line, south of Highway 192 to the ocean
Summary: Residents north of Highway 192, E. Valley Road, east of Buena Vista Drive, to include the 900 block of Park Lane, is mandatory evacuation zone. Everything south of Highway 192, E. Valley Road, east of San Ysidro, is under a voluntary warning order.

For animal evacuations, residents in Santa Barbara County are asked to call 805-681-4332.

The Thomas Fire has interrupted transmission lines for the Santa Barbara area are leaving more than 85,000 customers without electric power.

UPDATED 12/10/17 6:00 a.m. – NEW EVACUATION ORDERS ISSUED

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.

Now is the time to gather your family members, pets, irreplaceable and necessary items including prescriptions and documents in case you are ordered to evacuate. If you are ordered to evacuate, leave immediately. If at any point you feel threatened, don’t wait for a mandatory order.

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.

UPDATED 12/10/17 3:00 a.m.

EXPANDED Evacuation Order- issued for the Carpinteria area East of Toro Canyon Rd. East to HWY 150, North of Hwy 192 to Camino Cielo. Evacuate now. No evacuation south of Hwy 192. The rest of Carpinteria is in an Evacuation Warning. Prepare to leave.

UPDATED 12/10/17 2:15 a.m.

A Mandatory Evacuation Order has been issued for the Carpinteria area East of intersection of Casitas Pass Rd & Hwy 192, North of Hwy 192, & West of the county line. Evacuate now. No evacuation south of Hwy 192. The rest of Carpinteria is in an Evacuation Advisory. Be prepared.

December 9, 2017 at 9:03 AM

Active backing fire with short runs when in alignment with topography and wind have hampered containment efforts. The fire continues to threaten structures in various parts of the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Santa Paula, Carpinteria, Fillmore and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon.

The fire is expected to spread towards Santa Barbara County, Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Although a Red Flag Warning will remain in effect for the area, for today the NE winds will diminish in the afternoon hours with week onshore flow developing. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter.

December 8, 2017 at 7:35 PM

Evacuations have been lifted for portions of Ventura and Santa Paula, including some unincorporated areas.

Ventura:
All mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted in the city of Ventura with the exception of the area north of West Main Street and East of S/R 33 commonly known as “Ventura Avenue,” and all neighborhoods north of Poli Street and Foothill Road in the city of Ventura.

Santa Paula:
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted in the city of Santa Paula for the areas north of S/R 126 from the west end of the city of Santa Paula east to Willard Road and north to Bridge Road.

Unincorporated areas between Ventura and Santa Paula:
All mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted north of Foothill Road from the city of Santa Paula to the eastern edge of the city of Ventura.

SAFETY MESSAGE:
The public is reminded to stay aware of current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation orders. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency vehicles and personnel in the fire area. As you re-enter your property, be aware that hazardous conditions may exist.

December 8, 2017 at 8:02 AM

Structures destroyed: 73 residential, 3 commercial and 15 outbuildings destroyed, and 14 residential and 1 outbuilding damaged (Numbers are subject to change as assessment is still ongoing.)

December 7, 2017 at 9:59 PM

Voluntary evacuations are now in effect for the following areas near city of Fillmore:

Sespe Creek on the west, Fillmore City limits on the south, Burson Ranch Road on the east, and the Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north.

Residents within those boundaries should be prepared to evacuate immediately. They should have valuables packed and be ready to leave when notified to do so.

People with mobility restrictions or in need of assistance should call 911 if they need help evacuating the area. Those requiring assistance should make arrangements to leave now.

Residents evacuating from the Fillmore area can go to the Santa Paula evacuation shelter at the Santa Paula Community Center at 530 W. Main Street in the city of Santa Paula.

Instructions:
Evacuate to the Santa Paula Community Center at 530 W. Main Street in the city of Santa Paula

December 7, 2017 at 8:03 PM

Mandatory evacuations for the following areas

Area encompassed by Hall Road on the west, Sespe Creek on the east, Highway 126 on the south, and Las Padres National Forest on the north.

Voluntary evacuations for the following areas

Area encompassed by Sespe on the west, Fillmore City on the south, Burson Ranch on the east, and Las Padres National Forest to the north.

Evacuation Center- Santa Paula Community Center- 530 West Main Street in Santa Paula.

December 7, 2017 at 6:45 PM

Overnight, the fire experienced extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread due to the predicted strong Santa Ana winds. Significant fire growth was observed north of the City of Ojai. The fire is also moving north towards the Santa Barbara County line and Lake Casitas, as well as towards the Los Padres National Forest and the Sespe Wilderness. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the perimeter.

December 7, 2017 at 7:45 AM

Hwy 101 northbound and southbound has been re-opened. Please use caution when traveling through burn areas and watch for Fire Department personnel and equipment.

With a forecast for increased wind speeds this evening, additional EVACUATIONS have been issued for the Thomas Fire.

IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Effective immediately the following areas are in a Voluntary Evacuation (Warning):

• All areas from the 5500 block of Casitas Pass Rd. (Hwy 192) east to the county line to include Lillingston Canyon and Cate Mesa, and all addresses north to the county line.

• All addresses along the east side of Bailard Ave. from Hwy 101.

• All areas south of Hwy 101 to the coast and east of Dump Rd, to include all of the Bates Road and Rincon areas.

For those evacuating the rural areas along Highway 150, please use Highway 150 to Highway 192 to avoid the Highway 101 area due to congestion.

December 6, 2017 at 8:15 PM

The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. The fire is established on the north and east side of Hwy 150 and is also burning on the west side of Hwy 33. The fire has pushed northwest of Ventura and has reached the Hwy 101. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter.

All residents are asked to be READY: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers. Get SET: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Be Ready to GO! Take the evacuation steps necessary to give your family and home the best chance of surviving a wildfire.

December 6, 2017 at 8:34 AM

12,000 structures threatened

Control objectives are:

Keep the fire north of Hwy 126
Keep the South of Hwy 150 to Reeves Rd. to Hern Canyon Rd. to Nordhoff Ridge
Keep the fire East of Hwy 101
Keep the fire West of Toland Rd.

WEATHER DISCUSSION: RED FLAG WARNING UNTIL 800 PM PST FRIDAY

Santa Ana winds will continue across the fire through the operational period. Wind gusts between 20 and 30 MPH can be expected through early this afternoon then will diminish through the evening with even some weak upvalley winds developing on the west and south flanks of the fire. However by early Thursday morning, the Santa Ana winds will increase dramatically with wind gusts between 35 and 50 MPH. Temperatures will be warmer, climbing into the 70s. However, relative humidity will remain very low with poor overnight recovery.

December 5, 2017 at 8:06 PM

  • Unified Command Ventura County, Cities of Santa Paula, Ventura, and Los Padres National Forest
  • CAL FIRE IMT-4 (Derum) mobilized. In briefing at 0900 at Ventura County Fairgrounds
  • Extreme fire behavior, rapid rate of spread
  • Continued structure threat
  • Long range spotting
  • Commitment of Federal ground resources

Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs, Foster Park and entire City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink. The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.

December 5, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Road Closures

Soft Road Closures (residents will need to provide proper identification to access their homes)

Wheeler Canyon Rd at Foothill Rd
Highway 150 at Reeves Rd
Highway 150 at Santa Barbara St
Hard Road Closures (only public safety personnel will have access)

Highway 150 at Sisar Rd
Highway 150 at Stonegate Rd
Wells Rd at Foothill Rd
Peck Rd at Foothill Rd

Mandatory Evacuations

North Ashwood Avenue east to Hill Road, Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road
Victoria Road east to Hill Road, Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road
Teloma east to Brent Street, Telegraph Road north to north of Foothill Road
Residents north of Telegraph, Victoria to Teloma
Residents north of Telegraph, West of Teloma to 5-points
Residents east of Dickensen Rd, north of Monte Vista Drive along Highway 150 and South of Thomas Aquinas College to the area of Bridge Road.
Residents west of Dickerson Road to Atmore Rd, north of Foothill Road and west to Wheeler Canyon Rd.
Residents north of Highway 150 from Koenigstein Road west to the Dennison Grade, north of Reeves Road, east to McAndrew Road and north to Grand Ave.
Residents north of Foothill Road west to Wheeler Canyon road, north to Canada Larga Road and east to Barlow Canyon Road
Residents in Ventura, south of Highway 33, east of Main Street, north of Foothill Road and Hall Canyon Road and west of Canada Larga Road

Voluntary Evacuations

Residents in the City of Ventura, south of Loma Vista, east of Day Road, West of Victoria Avenue and north of Telegraph Road
Residents in the City of Ventura, east of Victoria north of Loma Vista South of Foothill west of Wells Road

Evacuation Shelters

Miners Building Ventura County Fairgrounds located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. Ventura, CA 93001 (Residents and animals should enter through the Garden Street gate)
Nordhoff High School located at 1401 Maricopa Highway Ojai, CA 93023
Oxnard College located at 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93002
The Santa Paula Community Center located at 530 West Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
City of Fillmore- Veteran’s Memorial Building- 511 2nd Street, Fillmore, CA 93015

December 5, 2017 at 4:51 PM

City of Ventura: BOIL YOUR WATER BEFORE USING

Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.
Due to the recent Thomas Fire and power outages, the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, in conjunction with Ventura Water, are advising all City of Ventura residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution.

DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice. Boiling water is the preferred treatment method to assure that the water is safe to drink in these areas.
We will inform you when tests show that water is safe to drink and you no longer need to boil your water. We anticipate resolving the problem within 48-72 hours.

December 5, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Cal Fire Incident Management Team 4 has been assigned to the Thomas Fire in Ventura

December 5, 2017 at 8:33 AM

The latest estimate puts the fire at 45,000 acres. Approximately 150 structures have been confirmed destroyed, additional structure losses are expected once assessment teams can access the area. Approximately  27,000 people have been evacuated.

,December 5, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Per Ventura County: The fire is currently estimated at 31,000 acres and is being pushed by strong east winds. Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are expected to attack the fire at daybreak. The fire is still out of control and structures continue to be threatened throughout the fire area.

Due to the intensity of the fire, crews are having trouble making access and there are multiple reports of structures on fire. Fire crews from many different agencies are actively working on the incident.

There are 500 fire fighters on scene with additional fire resources en route.  There are approximately 100 Sheriff’s Office personnel, as well as law enforcement officers from the Santa Paula Police Department, Ventura Police Department and California Highway Patrol assisting with evacuations and road closures.  The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.

Road closures continue to impact Highway 150 and Highway 33, as well as many other city and county roads.

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS

Residents in the City of Ventura south of Loma Vista, east of Day Road, West of Victoria Avenue and north of Telegraph Road

Residents in the City of Ventura, east of Victoria north of Loma Vista South of Foothill west of Wells Road

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals.) – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

Oxnard College Gymnasium – Open 12/5/17, 0700

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Ventura Unified School District – All schools will be closed 12/5/17.

Hueneme Elementary School District – All schools will be closed 12/5/17.

Santa Paula School Districts – All schools will be closed 12/5/17.

Ventura Community College – Closed 12/5/17

Thomas Aquinas College – Closed 12/5/17

Mesa Union School District – Closed 12/5/17

Briggs School District – Closed 12/5/17

Mupu School District – Closed 12/5/17

Oxnard Elementary School District – Closed 12/5/17

All Ventura County Office of Education Schools – Closed 12/5/17

Santa Clara Elementary (20030 East Telegraph Road, Santa Paula) – Closed 12/5/17

December 5, 2017 at 12:02 AM

Incident Commander estimates the fire at 25,000 acres.

December 4, 2017 at 11:53 PM

Ventura Police: Recommended evacuations North of Poli/Foothill to the Avenue. Fire approaching Ventura Ave.

December 4, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Evacuation shelters:

Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building (Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals.) – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

City of Ventura Disaster Hotline – Activated during disasters, the City’s disaster hotline provides residents with information during a citywide disaster. 805-477-3711

December 4, 2017 at 11:37 PM

VCFD PIO: 1,000 homes currently being evacuated in East Ventura.

December 4, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Hard closure and immediate mandatory evacuations for Sexton Canyon. Life hazard situation with people trapped.

December 4, 2017 at 11:20 PM

Latest VCFD estimate puts the fire at 15-20,000 acres. Rate of spread is extreme, 50 acres per minute. Mandatory evacuations ordered for East Ventura, north of Foothill Road. The rapid rate of spread will push this fire into that area within a few hours.

December 4, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Cal OES S Region EOC activated in support of @Venturaoes @VCFD for the #ThomasFire

December 4, 2017 at 10:43 PM

Per Ventura County Fire PIO: Incident Command expect this fire to impact East Ventura by 1 AM. Updated acreage is now 10,000 acres.

December 4, 2017 at 10:36 PM

SoCal Edison reports power outages due to the fire in the following cities:

Camarillo
Carpinteria
Goleta
Ojai
Oxnard
Port Hueneme
Santa Barbara
Santa Paula
Ventura

December 4, 2017 at 10:25 PM

Ventura Police: Mandatory evacuations for the Ondulando and Clearpoint neighborhoods. Evacuation Center at the Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 W. Harbor Blvd.

December 4, 2017 at 10:22 PM

Red Cross Ventura: Thomas Fire is causing power outages in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. If you are affected by these outages but not under evac orders, make sure to use flashlights, not candles. Eliminate unnecessary travel. Use generators safely.

December 4, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Power outage affecting all of Santa Barbara and Santa Paula cities.

December 4, 2017 at 10:08 PM

The fire is currently estimated at 5000 acres is being pushed by an East wind toward the Cities of Santa Paula and Ventura.

Mandatory evacuation order for 613 homes east of Dickenson Road, North of Monte Vista Drive along Highway 150 and South of Thomas Aquinas College.

December 4, 2017 at 9:53 PM

Spot fire is well established and estimated at 200 acres. Incident commander expects this fire to impact the city of Ventura this evening.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has ordered mandatory evacuations for the Hwy 150 corridor north of Monte Vista in Santa Paula. This notice affects all residents and businesses in the area north of Santa Paula along Hwy 150 north of Monte Vista.

Evacuation shelters:

Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001

Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023

Caltrans photo

ROAD CLOSURES

Soft Road Closures (Residents will need to provide proper identification to access their homes.):

Wheeler Canyon Road at Foothill Road

Highway 150 at Reeves Road

Highway 150 at Santa Barbara St

Hard Road Closures (Only public safety personnel will have access.):

Highway 150 at Sisar Road

Highway 150 at Stonegate Road

Wells Road at Foothill Road

Peck Road at Foothill Road