Los Padres National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Goleta, CA 93117
December 27, 2017 8:00AM
Start Date: December 4, 2017 Cause: Under Investigation Size: 281,620 acres Containment: 89% Personnel: 688 Structures Destroyed: 1,063 Structures Damaged: 280
Current Situation: The Thomas Fire has very little active heat at this time. No forward progress of the fire is expected at this point. Visitors are encouraged to make plans to enjoy Santa Barbara, Ventura, and surrounding areas during the upcoming holiday weekend. Businesses are open and eager to serve the public. Please be aware some sections of the Los Padres National Forest remain closed for public safety. Reduced fire activity means there is little smoke. Air Quality reports indicate healthy conditions for outdoor activities, unless individuals have hyper-sensitivity to smoke. Firefighters remain vigilant in monitoring fire lines and are ready to respond when needed. We advise extra caution when driving. Two back country areas had active fire yesterday; neither posed any threat to containment. There were no fire runs, after several days of significant fire activity well within containment lines. West of Cherry Creek Road, things have “settled down” said Operations Section Chief Pat Russell. This section still contains large areas of unburned fuels, and active fire is expected when weather conditions that will support fire return. In the coming days, people may see smoke, firefighters, and helicopters in this area, but there is no expectation that the fire will make any movement outside established containment lines. Hotspots remain in the Bear Heaven area. Air support is implementing water drops in that area due to steep, rugged terrain with limited access. Additional aircraft remain available in the event there are flare-ups or new fire starts in the area. Firefighters are building upon previous gains by strengthening established containment lines adjacent to communities and other infrastructure. Repair work is underway to mitigate impacts from fire suppression activity. Residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties may see an increase in wildlife in local communities due to displacement from the fire. Individuals who encounter these displaced animals are encouraged to maintain a safe distance, refrain from feeding them, and if a threat to humans is perceived call 911 (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).
Fire Weather: Wind: 10 mph off shore. Temp: Highs in the 60s to low 70s. Humidity: 5-15%. Rainfall chances are near zero through the end of the year into early January 2018.
Air Quality: Smoke may be visible at times due to interior hotspots that come to life as dry weather conditions persist. Approximately 30 oil seep fires have been ignited in the Upper Ojai area and continue to burn. In addition to smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire these oil seep fires contribute to air quality issues in the area. A foam product has been ordered that may help extinguish the oil seep fires and will be applied immediately upon delivery. An updated air quality report may be found at http://www.ourair.org or http://www.vcapcd.org