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Thomas Fire Morning Update for December 16, 2017

Incident: Thomas Fire Wildfire
Released: 12/16/2017

Northeast winds will return over the fire 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 on the west, east and north sides of the fire. Areas of concern are above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley, and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

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: 259,000 Containment: 40%

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

Structures Threatened: 18,000 Single Family Residences Destroyed: 746 Single Family Residences Damaged: 185

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: 8,370 Engines: 973 Water Tenders: 92 Helicopters: 32 Hand Crews: 161 Dozers: 77 Other: 5

Santa Barbara County: Firefighters will continue constructing direct fireline where possible with support from air resources, working to tie in to the Tea fire and Jesusita fire footprints. Crews will remain engaged in structure defense operations. The threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito will continue

Ventura County:

In the east, firefighters will improve the fireline that has been established to keep the fire out of the outlying areas of Fillmore. Indirect line extending north from Fillmore will continue, in preparation for future firing operations. To the north, fire spread within the areas of Bear Haven and the Day Fire will be closely monitored.

Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo connecting to the lighter fuels of the Zaca Fire footprint will continue. Fire growth to the west, north, and east will continue where lines have not been established.

On the north side of the fire, direct line construction and firing operations will continue in Rose Valley.



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


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


Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley


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 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.



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.

All evacuation warnings have been lifted for the community of Carpinteria between Casitas Pass Road and Hwy 150, south of SR-192 and open to the general public.


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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