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

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Thomas Fire Evening Update for December 15, 2017

Thomas Fire Wildfire
News – 12/15/2017

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: 256,00 Containment: 35%

Firefighter Injuries: 0 Civilian Injuries: 0 Firefighter Fatalities: 1

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 746 Single Family Residences Damaged: 1865

Multiple Residence Destroyed: 2 Mixed Commercial/Residential Destroyed: 2

Commercial Structures Destroyed: 17 Other Minor Structures Destroyed: 242 Other Minor Structures Damaged: 42

Total Personnel: 8,318 Engines: 979 Water Tenders: 86 Helicopters: 29 Hand Crews: 159 Dozers: 77 Other: 5


Tonight and into tomorrow morning, strong north winds are forecast to materialize. This has the potential to amplify fire behavior significantly above the coastal communities of Santa Barbara County, as well as the Fillmore area. Critical fire weather combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth. Areas of concern are above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley, and Sespe River drainage north of Fillmore.

Santa Barbara County:

Firefighters will remain prepared for structure defense operations and continue direct line construction above the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito.

Ventura County:Improvement and mop up of fireline in the Fillmore area will continue. Fire in the Bear Wallow area and Day Fire footprint will remain in monitor status. In the north, direct line construction will continue within the Zaca Fire footprint, tying in to Highway 33. North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire backing into the Sespe drainage.


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

Santa Barbara County;

The community of Carpinteria between Casitas Pass Road and Hwy 150, north of SR-192 is still under an evacuation order but has been repopulated to residents only with proper ID

City of Ventura:

North of Foothill Road from Cobblestone Road to Kimball Road

Unincorporated Ventura County:

Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley

Ventura County North Coast:

The area of Highway 150 between Santa Ana and Highway 192 is still under an evacuation order but is now accessible to residents only.

Unincorporated Areas of Fillmore:

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 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.


City of Ventura - Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building

City of Goleta – UCSB


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


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