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

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Thomas Fire Evening Update for December 14, 2017

Thomas Fire Wildfire
News – 12/14/2017

Date: 12/14/2017 Time: 7:00 AM

Ventura County Fire Information Line: 805-465-6650

Santa Barbara County Fire Information Line: 800-400-1572

Media Line: 925-588-6904


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: 01/07/2018 Total Acreage: 242,500 Containment: 30%

Firefighter Injuries: 0

Civilian Injuries: 0

Total Cost To Date: $74,760,500.00

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 729 Single Family Residences Damaged: 175

Multiple Residence Destroyed: 2

Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 2 Commercial Structures Destroyed: 18 Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 221 Other Minor Structures Damaged: 37


Engines: 1004

Water Tenders: 59 Helicopters: 27 Air Tankers: 0 Hand Crews: 152

Dozers: 80

Other: 5 Total Personnel: 8144


Current Situation: A Red Flag Warning will continue until 10:00 AM Friday.
Santa Barbara County:
The majority of resources will focus on securing the western side of the fire, above the coastal communities in Santa Barbara County. Firefighters will remain engaged in structure defense operations and establish direct fireline where possible working to tie in to the Tea fire and Jesusita fire footprints. Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas.
Ventura County:

Crews continued to actively engage in suppressing active and small spot fires around the Southeastern portion of the perimeter. Areas currently evacuated are mitigating hazardous conditions. 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.

Mandatory Evacuations: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 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


North of Foothill Road from Cobble Road to Kimball Road

UNINCORPORATED VENTURA COUNTY Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley
Residents of Matilija Canyon


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

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

Voluntary Evacuations


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.


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

Evacuation Centers:

City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building

City of Oxnard - Oxnard College Gymnasium 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 For more information on Ready, Set, Go, go to

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