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

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Thomas Fire Morning Update for December 11, 2017

Thomas Fire Wildfire
News – 12/11/2017

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: 230,500 Containment: 15%

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

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Structures Destroyed: 798 Structures Damaged: 162

Engines: 856 Water Tenders: 48 Helicopters: 27 Hand Crews: 113 Dozers: 67 Total Personnel: 6397

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.

Mandatory Evacuations:

City of Ventura

North of Foothill Road from Kimball Road west to Poli Street

North of Poli Street from Hall Canyon west to Cedar Street

Entire Community of Casitas Springs

North of Hwy 150 heading to Hwy 33 and south of Los Padres National Forest

City of Ojai and East Ojai Valley

SR 150 east of Dennison Park to Koenigstein Road, south of Reeves Road


Unincorporated areas west of Rice Road

Los Encinos Road to Burnham Road south of SR 150 Upper Ojai Valley

Hwy 150 east of Reeves Road and unincorporated areas west of Rice Road

Upper Ojai Valley (West)

Hwy 33 north of Fairview Drive

Matilija Canyon

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

Santa BarbaraCounty For the communities of Carpinteria, Montecito and Santa Barbara County from east at Mission Canyon Road to west from SR-150, and north of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo

Voluntary Evacuations:

Santa Barbara County

The entire community of Carpinteria and Summerland is under voluntary evacuations from south of SR-192 to the Pacific Ocean.

The community of Montecito is under voluntary evacuations from between Highway 101 and SR-192.

Portions of Santa Barbara City between SR-192 and S. Salinas Street are under voluntary evacuations. Ventura County


Casitas Pass Road east to Highway 33

Spring Street to Loma Drive. Includes Rice Road east to Loma Drive. Baldwin Road north to Besant


Unincorporated area of Fillmore

Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forestboundary to the north.

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

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

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