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01-12-2018 Daily Update Thomas Fire
Thomas Fire Update Goleta, Calif., January 12th, 2018 — For Immediate Release. Start Date: December 4, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 281,893 acres Containment: 100% Personnel: 13... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 1/12/2018

Approximate Location

34.429 latitude, -119.1 longitude

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginMonday December 04th, 2017 approx. 06:35 AM
LocationOjai, Santa Paula, Ventura, Montecito, Carpenteria, Santa Barbara, Fillmore
Incident CommanderLos Padres National Forest Type 4 Madrano
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel13
Size281,893 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday January 20th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet)

Brush (2 feet)

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

With the absence of any significant precipitation this fall/winter, fuels have become critically dry across much of Southern California. In addition, there has been a prolonged period of warm, dry and windy weather which has worked in concert with the lack of rainfall to produce catastrophic wildfires. The Thomas Fire is now the largest fire in California's modern recorded history. This would be significant if it were summer; however, it is unprecedented for December and January, and it serves as a testimony to the extreme volatility of the fuels.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Tomorrow's day operational period:

Monitor active fire behavior within the interior of the fire. Continue to patrol and mop-up. Continue suppression repair.

Remarks

Fire area by Direct Protection Area:

Federal- 64% (181,333 acres)

State- 35% (98,199 acres)

Local- 1% (2,362 acres)

Los Padres National Forest officials have revised the areas closed to the public due to the Thomas Fire. The

revised order opens access to the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and prohibits access to only those areas within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today

Sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight

Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Saturday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. northwest in the afternoon.

Unit Information

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Goleta, CA 93117
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