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Thomas Fire

Unit Information

Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, CA 93117

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday December 04th, 2017 approx. 06:35 AM
LocationOjai, Santa Paula, Ventura, Montecito, Carpenteria, Santa Barbara, Fillmore
Incident CommanderLos Padres National Forest
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates34.429 latitude, -119.1 longitude

Current Situation

Size281,893 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
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.



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 and prohibits access to only those areas within the Thomas Fire perimeter on the Ojai and Santa Barbara Ranger Districts.

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