#ThomasFire Acreage, Containment Increase | 12

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

START DATE, TIME, CAUSE

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause.

LOCATION

Located in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula. 

CAUSE

The cause is being investigated.

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

RESOURCES

TOTAL FIRE RESOURCES

8,083 fire personnel along with 983 fire engines, 152 fire crews, 27 helos, 79 dozers and 52 water tenders. CAL FIRE IMT -4 in command.

COOPERATING AGENCIES

Cooperating agencies are CAL FIRE, VCSO, Santa Barbara Co FD, SBCoSO, VFD, City of VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, Red Cross, So CAL Ed, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Big Bear FD, Santa Barbara County FD (Engines and Dozers), Redding FD, Turlock FD, Modesto FD, StanConFD, BCFD#1, Clackamas FD, Tualatin Fire & Rescue, CA National Guard, US National Guard.

Santa Barbara County FD’s 5 engines and 2 dozers are in the process of building a fire break and laying 10,000 feet of hose across a canyon from atop Camino Cielo down to Gilbraltar to make a stand should the fire move in that direction. (Credit: Santa Barbara Fire Info PIO)

WA Fire Resources:  1 engine from Benton Co Fire District #1, 1 engine from Richland FD, 1 engine from Walla Walla Fire District #4 and 2 engines from Chelan FD. (as of 12/12/2017) Snohomish County Strike Team.  Have been updated with 5 contract units (unknown agencies or areas).  We are working on reaching out to find from the Agenc(ies), areas and the # of units deployed. 

OR, NM, AZ strike teams also on the fire ground.

RESOURCES

FIRE UPDATES

En Espanol.  Tune your radio to 94.5FM and 107.7FM. Updates will be given through the day.

CURRENT STATUS

STATUS

The fire has burned an additional 238,500 acres and an increased containment of 30%.  

More faces behind Public Service Announcements and Community Education enriching the lives they touch. These volunteers were handing out N95 masks at a local Albertsons in Carpinteria. (Credit: VCFD_PIO)

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 930 structures destroyed with 202 damaged. 18,000 structures are currently under direct fire threat.

Current cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have now reached up to $55,000,000 as of 12/11/2017.

A CAL FIRE Chief with firefighters at the Thomas Fire Incident base. These are the faces behind the tireless efforts that have been working on the fire line for 24 hours, structure protection and putting their lives on the line so that others may live. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to  persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. -Christopher Reeve

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/13/2017 2250 Hours PST

 

 

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#ThomasFire One of Biggest CA Fires Seen | 11

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

START DATE, TIME, CAUSE

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause.

LOCATION

Located in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula. 

CAUSE

The cause is being investigated.

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

RESOURCES

TOTAL FIRE RESOURCES

There are currently 7,956 fire personnel assigned on this incident along with 856 engines, 113 crews, 27 helos, 67 bulldozers and 48 water tenders. CAL FIRE IMT-4 is still in managing fire along with still being in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, LPNF, VCSO. 70 PIOs representing VCFD, RSG, Ready for Wildfire, Ready Ventura County.

COOPERATING AGENCIES

Cooperating agencies are CAL FIRE, VCSO, Santa Barbara Co FD, SBCoSO, VFD, City of VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, Red Cross, So CAL Ed, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Big Bear FD, SBCFD, Redding FD, Turlock FD, Modesto FD, StanConFD, BCFD#1, Clackamas FD, Tualatin Fire & Rescue, CA National Guard, US National Guard.

WA Fire Resources:  1 engine from Benton Co Fire District #1, 1 engine from Richland FD, 1 engine from Walla Walla Fire District #4 and 2 engines from Chelan FD. (as of 12/12/2017) Snohomish County Strike Team.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

FIRE WEATHER

Fire weather forecasts remain with gusty winds that will continue to battle with terrain driven winds.  Fire growth is expect to occur to the west with high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temps and single-digit RH that will also impact the east and north sides.  

 

STATUS

The fire has currently burned 237,500 acres with a same 25% containment status. 

Firefighters will with structure protection and scout for opportunities for where they can establish direct fire perimeter control as the fire will continue to threaten Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding communities.  Fire line building will continue to the north of these areas.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 921 structures destroyed with 200 damaged. 18,000 structures are currently under direct fire threat.

Current cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have now reached up to $55,000,000.

A Hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to  persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. -Christopher Reeve

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/13/2017 – 0800 hours PST

 

 

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#ThomasFire Still Gaining Ground, Also Containment | 10

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

‘Tis the Season to be fighting fires in December. Credit: Garden Grove FD PIO Capt. Thanh Nguyen

START DATE, TIME, CAUSE

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause.

LOCATION

Located in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula. 

Fire came within a few feet of the NWS Los Angeles Doppler radar KVTX station on Sulphur Mtn but has not sustained any damaged. Waiting for power to be restored to the site. Credit: NWS Los Angeles.

CAUSE

The cause is being investigated.

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

RESOURCES

TOTAL FIRE RESOURCES

There are currently 7,851 fire personnel assigned on this incident along with 856 engines, 113 crews, 27 helos, 67 bulldozers and 48 water tenders. CAL FIRE IMT-4 is still in managing fire along with still being in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, LPNF, VCSO. 70 PIOs representing VCFD, RSG, Ready for Wildfire, Ready Ventura County.

COOPERATING AGENCIES

Cooperating agencies are CAL FIRE, VCSO, Santa Barbara Co FD, SBCoSO, VFD, City of VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, Red Cross, So CAL Ed, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Big Bear FD, SBCFD, Redding FD, Turlock FD, Modesto FD, StanConFD, BCFD#1, Clackamas FD, Tulatin Fire & Rescue, CA National Guard, US National Guard.

WA Fire Resources:  1 engine from Benton Co Fire District #1, 1 engine from Richland FD, 1 engine from Walla Walla Fire District #4 and 2 engines from Chelan FD. (as of 12/12/2017)

Unified Fire Authority will join thousands of firefighters on the fire line on Wednesday, December 13 2017. Credit: UFA

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

Base camp shows the hundreds of engines at sunrise on December 11, 2017. Credit: Redding FD

FIRE WEATHER

Today the goal is to go direct on the fire on the west side, use the 2016 Ray Fire scar to help slow the rate of spread, and keep Gibraltar Road and reservoir as control points.

Credit: VCFD_PIO

 

Severe fire weather to continue producing significant fire growth further into Santa Barbara County, threatening areas in Montecito and Summerland.

Turlock and OES STrike Team 4802 Firefighters starting a 24-hour shift on the fire line this morning in Ventura County. Credit: Turlock Fire

Gusty winds will continue to push the fire to the west while unusual very low fuel moisture, high temps and unheard of single-digit RH which will support fire growth on the west and north sides.  This will cause extreme fire behavior will continue to hamper control efforts.

There are about 1,016 USFS firefighters and personnel that are working the various California wildfires for Creek Fire, Rye Fire, Thomas Fire, Skirball Fire and Lilac Fires. Credit: USFS Fire – California

The red flag warning has again been extended to 8:00 PM Wednesday evening over the LA and Ventura County Mountains with strong northeast winds and relative humidity as low as 4-10%.

WA Strike Team now assigned to Branch V of Division Kilo on the Thomas Fire. Credit: BCFD#1

Ojai residents may experience smokey conditions today due to a burning out operation within the perimeter of the fire. A burning out operation is setting a fire inside a control line to consume fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line.

FIRE PROGRESSION MAP

Credit: VCFD_PIO

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Current cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have now reached up to $55,000,000.

a Croman Corp Sikorsky S-61 helicopter hovers over a reservoir to fill a bucket with water. Montecito and the Pacific Ocean are seen in the distance. Credit: SBCFireInfo

INFO BOARD

BOIL WATER ORDERS

Fire is affecting the Lake Casitas and Santa Clara River watersheds, and a boil order is in effect for the beach communities. Lake Casitas is the source of drinking water for this area. (Issued by the Water District)

Now deemed California’s 5th largest wildfire in their Fire History, the photo shows how it continue to creep toward Montecito and Santa Barbara. Credit: NASA/NOAA

N95 MASK DISTRIBUTION CENTERS

N95 masks are being distributed free of charge to those residents and businesses impacted by the fire.

  • Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St
  • Santa Paula Fire Department Station 82, 536 W Main St

Sgt. Anthony Orduno, @theCaGuard member, looks out over the Thomas Fire while flying overhead to drop water on the fire in coordination with @CAL_FIRE . Credit: US National Guard

Ventura Locations

  • Ventura County Fair – Red Cross Shelter, 10 W. Harbor Blvd
  • Beth Torah Temple, 7620 Foothill Road
  • Barranca Vista Center, 7050 Ralston Street
  • Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main Street
  • Hill Road Library, 10
  • 70 S. Hill Road
  • Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Avenue
  • Sanjon Yard, 336 Sanjon Road
  • City Hall, 501 Poli St. (entrance at back parking lot)
  • Academic Family Medicine Center, 3291 Loma Vista Road, Building 340, Suite 201
  • West Ventura Medical Clinic, 133 W Santa Clara St
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 5851 Thille St
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 2323 Knoll Dr # 414

Oxnard Locations

  • Oxnard College Gymnasium – Red Cross Shelter, 4000 S Rose Ave
  • North Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St
  • South Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St
  • Ventura County Public Health-South, 2500 S C St
  • Ventura County Public Health-North, 2240 E Gonzales Rd
  • United Farm Workers, 920 South A St

A copter makes a successful water drop near a house on the hill above Bella Vista Drive in Montecito. House was not on fire. Credit: SBC Fire Info

Ojai locations

  • Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy
    **Look for the Red Cross vehicle**
  • Ojai City Hall, 401 South Ventura Street
  • Ojai Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Hwy

Fillmore

  • Fillmore Fire Department Station 91, 711 Sespe Place

RECOVERY RESOURCES

A one-stop site to aid the recovery process. Local Assistance Centers will also be avail soon for in-person assistance. (Announced by Ventura County _ FD)

ROAD CLOSURES

Hard road closures are as follows:

Ojai Valley, Ojai City and Unincorporated Areas

  • SR 150 (Casitas Pass Road) between Camp Chaffee Road(Ojai) and the 101
  • SR 150 at Santa Ana Road to Via Real
  • SR 33 is again CLOSED from Ojai to Ventucopa. Please still be aware of fire crews working along the highway. SLOW DOWN for them. (12/12 at 12:35 PM)

Ventura City and Unincorporated Areas 

  • North of Foothill Road between Day Road to Kimball Road

Fillmore City and Unincorporated Areas

Firefighters run into the fire where everyone runs out. These Sacramento Fire Crew on E343 are part of a Strike Team 4055Charlie are operating on the hills above Ojai. This is serious and dangerous work and they are putting their lives on the line everyday. Credit: Sacramento FD PIO

  • Old Telegraph Road at C Street
  • Old Telegraph Road at Keith Road
  • Grand Ave at Old Telegraph Road
  • Sycamore Road at SR 126
  • Hall Road at SR 126

SCHOOL CLOSURES – VENTURA COUNTY

Mandatory evacuations were conducted at the college shutting it down and making sure every student had left the campus. CAL FIRE took over the campus as a staging for strike teams protecting Montecito and Santa Barbara. Credit: Westmont College

 http://www.vcoe.org/

COLLEGE CLOSURE LIST

 http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/news/thomas-wildfire-updates-as-of-129-615pm

Big Bear Firefighters continue to help fight the massive #ThomasFire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Keep our firefighters in your thoughts for a successful completion of their mission and their safe return home. Credit: Big Bear FD

 

UTILITIES

Night fire ops in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties which include the Los Padres NF. Credit: USFS Fire – Calilfornia

SoCalGas

SoCalGas reports that the fire has not caused any significant impacts to the system.  Customers should report gas leaks by calling 911 or 1-800-427-2200. For updated information, visit socalgas.com

SCE 

Current outage map here –> https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/outage-center/check-outage-status/!ut/p/b1/pVFNb4JAEP0r9MCR7NDFBY4b04C2kRC0yl7IuiyWpiyIq_349V3UpKfaGuc0LzPz5s0bxNAKMcUP9YbrulX8bcCMFEnsjuMgg0mUZhjowhvHIaEugGcactMAvwSF43wYwUM8Tcz8PMUwwSnMMkoxAEFLxBATSnf6BeU7IQvRKi2VLqSy4Zzb0O4130hLGCB7Gw61fLfEvu8Ntk613cDTibpE-drzsSh55QDw0PEAY2dNPOKE_j2phD8qIRiddV8Q9sfdR92XL8_NCv-HI8l8d-CYPT0_Ru6wIrtS8_Qfz6hft1tGjaWDdR8arW7ytGsWTYA_HfU1r5olvfsGTZWV9A!!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

 

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 2045 hours 12/12/2017

 

 

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#ThomasFire Resources Pour Into California | 9

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause, in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula.  The cause is being investigated.

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

RESOURCES

Fire.  Fire resources are pouring into California from 10 (actually 11 – including Washington State) acting as a mutual aid to the thousands of fire personnel already on the fire ground.  

Cooperating Agencies

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, VPD, Carp-Summerland FD, USFS/LPF CAL OES, Red Cross, SoCAL Edison, CHP, CADOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Denfense Systems, CA Resources Group, CAL Trans, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, WA State Strike Teams.

Current Fire Status

The Thomas Fire has consumed 230,000 acres and has a 15% containment status. 794 structures have been destroyed with 187 damaged.  18,000 structures are still under direct threat.

Severe fire weather will continue to significant fire growth further into Santa Barbara County threatening communities of Montecito and Summerland.  Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to push the fire to the west while very low fuel moisture, high temps and single-digit RH will support fire growth on the west and north sides.  

Extreme fire behavior will continue to hamper control efforts.  Firefighters will continue with structure protection.  Gusty NE winds will cause the fire to threaten areas in the City of Santa Barbara, Capenteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas.

Evacuation operations will occur ahead of the westward fire growth.  Contingency groups will work to establish contingency line in Santa Barbara County in areas of Windy Point, Camino Cielo and Foothills.

Evacuations

Ventura, Santa Paula:  Fire map.  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1CePU2TdEh86nmBDBfPOAXf8Hp7NlpVpA&ll=34.28932874392301%2C-119.08218395708002&z=10

Resources

There are currently 6,397 fire personnel assigned to this incident along with 856 fire engines, 113 fire crews, 27 helicopters, 67 bulldozers and 48 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT 4 is still in command.

School Closures

Ventura County: http://www.vcoe.org/

Santa Barbara:  19 of the 20 school districts in Santa Barbara are closed December 11, 2017. Closed through the end of the week (to reopen January 2): All South County School Districts: Carpinteria USD, Montecito USD, Cold Spring SD, Santa Barbara USD, Hope Elementary SD, Goleta USD 

Closed Monday: All 7 Santa Ynez Valley School Districts: Ballard, Buellton, College, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez Valley UHSD, Solvang, Vista del Mar

Closed Monday. All North County/Santa Maria Valley School Districts: Santa Maria Bonita School District, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Orcutt School District, Guadalupe Union School District, Blochman Union School District.

Colleges: http://www.oxnardcollege.edu/news/thomas-wildfire-updates-as-of-129-615pm

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/11/2017 – 0800 hours PST

 

 

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#ThomasFire Containment Remains Same | 8

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause, in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula.  The cause is being investigated.

Sunrise at the Carpinteria Helibase. (Credit: Ventura Co Air Unit)

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

The vegetation fire started out as a 500-acre incident but with the Santa Ana winds kicking and topography in the mix, the fire has literally exploded.

Resources

Fire management of the fire is under Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, Los Padres NF and VCSO.

Today, fire personnel of 4,435 remains the same but equipment and additional resources have been increased to 611 (increased) engines, 55 (increased by 8) crews, 30 helicopters, 51 (increased by 3) bulldozers and 31 water tenders.

There is a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 that is currently in control of the fire.

Incident Cooperators consist of CAL FIRE, VCFD, Sacramento FD, Ventura Co Air Unit, VCSO, Santa Barbara FD, City of Ventura FD, City of Ventura PD, USFS/Los Padres NF, Continue reading

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#RyeFire Almost Contained | 1

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – The Rye Fire broke out along Rye Canyon Loop, west of Valencia in Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County), California on December 5, 2017 around 1131 hours.

A Los Angeles Co Air Ops helicopter drops water from above which helps fire crews which are providing structure protection of a travel village and youth baseball complex near Castaic, CA. (Credit: William G Hartenstein/LACoFD VPP)

RESOURCES

Command:  Fire Command is currently in Unified Command which consists of CAL FIRE, Los Angeles County FD, Ventura County FD, Los Angeles Co SO, Ventura Co Sheriff’s Office.

Fire Personnel: 711.

IMT:  CAL FIRE IMT – 6.

Incident Cooperators:  CAL FIRE, CHP, Santa Clarita, SCV Sheriff, Kern Co FD, OCFA, S CAL Edison, CA Resources Corporation, CA Conservation Corps, SoCAL Gas, Simi Valley PD and LA County Public Works. McDonalds_SoCal and #McRig Mobile (feeding First Responders).

Equipment:  59 fire engines, 20 fire crews, 2 helicopters and 7 water tenders.

FIRE CONDITIONS

California Fires in 2017 are deemed to be the worst Fire Season in History, yet a trending stories about Politicians voting against tax deductions from losses due to wildfires show how cruel and un-American it truly is.

Current Size/Containment:  The fire has consumed 6,049 acres and fire crews have reached an 80% containment status.

MD-87 tanker dropping retardant over the Six Flags Magic Mountain entertainment park in Valencia CA.  (Credit: Bay Area FF/Courtesy: CAL FIRE)

Conditions:  Firefighters are continuing with bolstering containment lines on  Saturday.  More detailed damage assessment has revealed increased damaged and destroyed minor structures located within the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center property.

Damage Assessment:  There have been 6 structures destroyed and 3 damaged.

Threatened:  5,460 structures are currently under threat.

Fire Weather:  Red Flag warnings are in effect for most of Los Angeles County and may be extended into Monday.  Residents should keep in touch with their situational awareness.

Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Mandatory Evacuations: A system that failed is now becoming the stress point of educating residents about the urgency to EVACUATE NOW.  (12/10/2017 – 0320 hours)

Fire Damage:  Report damage by calling 2-1-1 to reach Los Angeles Co FD. 

No Drones in Fire Zones. It is not only illegal but puts all lives at risks, those who are in the air and on the ground. It would be a preventable air collision. 

Wildfire Evacuation Checklist. Courtesy of the American Red Cross.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags. We are using the following hashtags for this post. #CaliforniaWildfires #LAFires #RyeFire 

NASA’s Terra satellite imaged smoke plumes showing a min of 3 wildfires: #ThomasFire #RyeFire and the #CreekFire. (Credit: NASA)

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#ThomasFire Gains Speed | 7

LAS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017 at around 1826 hours PST from an unknown cause, in the upper Ojai area near Thomas Aquinas College in the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County.  It was originally reported on Hwy 150 & Hwy 126 originally north of Santa Paula.  The cause is being investigated.

Emergency Hotline – 805-465-6650

The vegetation fire started out as a 500-acre incident but with the Santa Ana winds kicking and topography in the mix, the fire has literally exploded.

Resources

Fire management of the fire is under Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, City of Ventura, Losa Padres NF and VCSO.

There are currently 4,435 fire personnel along with 575 engines, 47 crews, 30 helicopters, 46 bulldozers and 31 water tenders.

There is a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 that is currently in control of the fire.

Incident Cooperators consist of CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, Santa Barbara FD, City of Ventura FD, City of Ventura PD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, S CAL Edison, CHP, CA DOC, S CAL Gas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense System, CA Resource Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Santa Barbara OEM and Ventura County OES.

Current Fire Status

The fire has currently destroyed up to 155,000 acres with a 15% containment status. Fire behavior is active backing with short-runs when in alignment with topography. Wind hampering containment efforts.  The fire continues to threaten structures in various Cities of Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Carpinteria, Fillmore, Unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon.

What the view was like on December 8th from SR 33 at Wheeler Gorge north of Ojai. 33 was closed from Fairview to Lockwood Valley in the Los Padres NF. (Credit: CAL TRANS District 7)

Fire is expected to spread towards Santa Barbara County, the Sespee Wilderness and the Condor Sanctuary.

Firefighters are working tirelessly to work aggressively to protect life and property and continuing with their containment efforts around the fire perimeter.

The fire has destroyed 710 structures and damaged 118 structures.  There are at the moment of 15,000 structures under current direct threat.

Fire Weather

There is a current RED FLAG WARNING in effect even though the NE winds to calm in the afternoon hours with a weak onshore flow developing.

Proclamations

The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency. 

Los Padres NF firefighters conducting firing operations near Rose Valley on Saturday, December 8th. (Credit: LPNF)

California Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency for Ventura County. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared an emergency for Ventura County.

The California wildfires are a terrible tragedy. But our first responders are doing a good job & their response is truly a joint effort. The winds are still here. Listen to what officials are saying — get alerts on your phone & be ready to go.” – Governor Jerry Brown

Air Quality Alerts

Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke, especially in the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas where air quality is extremely poor. For more information go to http://www.vcapcd.org/ (Ventura County Air Pollution Control District)

“Smoke impacts from these devastating fires are widespread. Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke. 

In the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas, the air quality is very unhealthful, even reaching hazardous levels at times.

Hazardous is defined by the EPA as “Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.” Also, all of the coastal plains are experiencing unhealthy air.

If you are in an area directly impacted by smoke, please exercise extreme caution and avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the filter clean and fresh air intake closed. Close all windows and doors that lead outside to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. If this is not an option or it becomes extremely hot inside, please seek alternate shelter.

For information regarding the fire, evacuation notices, road closures…etc…please check readyventuracounty.org  or the Twitter feed for the Ventura County Fire Department Public Information Officer, @vcfd_pio. Please check our website, vcapcd.org, or Twitter feed for the latest updates (@vcapcd).” – VAPCD

Road Closures

Los Padres NF:  The Forest Service has closed major portions of the Santa Barbara, Ojai & Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts for public & firefighter safety.See updated road closure map here. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Mandatory Evacuations

Santa Paula:  Boundary of Bridge Rd north to Thomas Aquinas,  Dickenon Ranch Rd east of Santa Paula Creek.

City of Ventura: North of Foothill Rd from Kimball Rd, west of Poli Street.  North Poli St from Hall Canyon west to Cedar Street.

Community of Casita Springs: Evacuate to the Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura.

Lake Casitas:  North of Hwy 150 to Hwy 33. South of Las Padres NF.

City of Ojai:  Unincorporated area west Rice Rd., Los Encinos Rd to Burnham Rd. South of SR 150.

Upper Ojai  Valley:  Hwy 150 east of Reeves Rd.  Unincorporated area west of Rice Rd.

Upper Ojai Valley (West)  Hwy 33 north of Fairview Place, Matilija Canyon.

Unincorporated Ventura County: Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley.

Ventura County (North Coast area): Boundary of Hwy 33 on north to Casitas Vista Rd.  NW to Hwy 150. Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Rd).  West to Hwy 101.  South on US 101 includes Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) to Emma Wood State Beach.

Santa Paula – Unincorporated Area: East of Santa Paula Creek. North of Hwy 126.  West of Hall Rd to Timber Canyon Rd. SR 150 @ Bridge Rd north to Thomas Aquinas College. Unincorporated area of Fillmore area of Hall Rd to the west. Sespe Creek to the east of Fillmore City limits to the south.  Las Padres NF boundary to the north.

Voluntary Evacuations

Ojai: Casitas Pass Rd east to Hwy 33. Spring St. to Loma Dr. which includes Rice Rd. east to Loma Drive.  Baldwin Rd north to Besant Rd.

Unincorporated of Fillmore: Sespe Creek to the west.  Burson Ranch to the east. Fillmore City limits to the south.  Los Padres NF boundary to the north.

Evacuation Shelters

City of Ventura: Ventura County Fairgrounds. Red Cross Shelter. Includes an animal shelter additionally for all types of animals. 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA.

City of Oxnard:  Oxnard College Gym, 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA.

City of Ojai:  Red Cross transitioning from Nordoff HS Shelter to this site. 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA.

City of Santa Paula:  Community Center. Red Cross Shelter. 530 West Maini St., Santa Paula, CA.

UCSB: Rec Center (includes small animal shelter, preferably in crates). 516 Ocean Rd., Santa Barbara, CA.

Animal Evacuations

Animal Evacuations Assistance: Call 866-EVRT911 or 866-387-8911 to help evacuate your animals.

Animal Shelter: Ventura County Fairgrounds (any type or size of animals). 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura CA.

 

Reminders

No Drones in Fire Zones.  And because it is the law.

Scanner Feed(s)

Ventura County:  https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/2858 via Broadcastify

 

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