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EVACUATIONS LIFTED FOR AREAS AROUND OJAI INCLUDING UPPER OJAI The mandatory evacuations of the unincorporated area between the cities of Ojai and Santa Paula commonly known as “Upper Ojai”.. more


Approximate Location

34.429 latitude, -119.1 longitude

Incident Overview

Thomas Fire Public Information Map December 11

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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: 231,700 Containment: 20%

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The Thomas Fire is now the 5th largest in California’s History. 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. Extreme 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.

Community Meetings:

Santa Paula: Tonight, December 11, 2017 , at the 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St

Santa Barbara: Today, December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA

Fillmore: Thursday the 14th, time and place to be determined.

School Closures:

Ventura County School Closures
Santa Barbara County School Closures


County of Santa Barbara

Ventura County

Evacuation Centers:

City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building

City of Oxnard - Oxnard College Gymnasium

City of Santa Paula - Santa Paula Community Center

City of Goleta - UCSB

Animal Evacuations:

All animal evacuations are being handled at the Ventura County Fairgrounds located at 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001


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Forest Service Closures:

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”.

The boundary of the Thomas Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of California Highway 154 and the boundary of the Los Padres National Forest just north of its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N12 (East Camino Cielo Road), then continues northeast along the boundary of the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness Areas. The closure then continues east, south and west along the forest boundary back to the starting point, as shown on Exhibit B. See Forest Service Closure Map

Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Cooperating Agencies:

CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire, Ventura County Sheriff, Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriff, Santa Barbara City Fire, City of Ventura Fire, City of Ventura Police Department, USFS/Los Padres National Forest, CAL OES, Red Cross, Southern California Edison, CHP, California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation, SoCalGas, Santa Paula Police, Santa Paula Fire, Ventura County OES, Santa Barbara OEM, Montecito Fire, Carpinteria – Summerland Fire, California Conservation Corp

Thomas Fire

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday December 04th, 2017 approx. 06:30 PM
LocationOjai, Santa Paula, Ventura, Montecito, Carpenteria, Santa Barbara, Fillmore
Incident CommanderUnified Command: CALFIRE, Ventura County, Los Padres NF, Ventura Fire, Ventura Sheriff.

Current Situation

Total Personnel6,946
Size231,700 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained20%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, tall grasses and brush

Significant Events

Continued active backing fire with short runs in alignment with topography and wind in the northern portion of the fire above Lake Casitas.


Planned Actions

Continue structure and infrastructure defense with perimeter control. Direct hand line construction where possible.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire will continue to threaten structures in various parts of the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Casitas Springs, Carpenteria, unincorporated areas of Ventura county and Matilija Canyon. Under current and predicted weather, expect spread to the north and west into Santa Barbara County. Growth also continues to the east towards the Sespe Condor Sanctuary and Wilderness. Mop-up continues in impacted city areas to support repopulation efforts.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

By this afternoon, the northeast to east winds will diminish with even some upvalley winds developing at lower elevations. However, the winds will shift yet again to the north and northeast tonight. Warm temperatures will prevail today with relative humidity once again dropping into the single digits. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through this evening for Ventura county. Winds will be light across the central portions of the state during the next 7 days. Very dry conditions can be expected over all the region with humidity values generally between 5 and 15% over Southern California and 10-25% over Central California. Temperatures will generally be in the upper 50s to upper 60s in the mountains, with 70s to low 80s in the valleys (warmest locations over Southern California).

With the extended period of dry and windy weather over Southern California, the moisture content in the dead fuels is approaching record low levels. Live fuel moisture should be increasing by now, but has instead remained nearly steady or even has lowered a little in the past few weeks. With the expected increase in Santa Ana winds over the next 24 hours, large fire potential will be high across portions of Southern California through at least Sunday. Once the winds subside, the potential for large fire will lower, but remain elevated due to the continued warm and dry conditions through next week. Monday, winds may transition to local or diurnal wind patterns which may result in different parts of any new or existing fires becoming active, or the possibility of shifting flame fronts. Lighter winds next week may afford a better opportunity for air resources to be utilized. Initial attack will be heavy through the weekend, then moderate next week.

Unit Information

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Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Suite 150
Goleta, CA 93117

Incident Contacts

Santa Barbara County Fire Information
Phone: 800-400-1572
Hours: M-S 7-7p
Ventura County Fire Information
Phone: 805-465-6650
Hours: M-S 24 hours
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