#ThomasFire Gains Speed | 7


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.


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.


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.



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


(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 12/9/2017 – 2300 hours PST



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