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Thomas Fire burns 90,000 acres; firefighters expect 'challenging' night ahead

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UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) - Voluntary evacuations are in place for the City of Carpinteria east of Bailard Ave.

UPDATE (6:10 p.m.) - Fire officials say the Thomas Fire has burned 90,000 acres in Ventura County as of Wednesday evening and is 5 percent contained.

Fire officials say they expect a challenging night Wednesday and over the next few days as Santa Ana winds are forecast to increase.

At a press briefing, fire officials said Wednesday was a very active fire day. Firefighters were able to make good progress in the Santa Paula area, conducting mop up and extinguishing hot spots and the fire was not as active Wednesday between Highways 33 and 150. However, there was more activity in the north, particularly in the Ojai area.

Incident commanders said there was the potential for large growth on the north and west sides of the fire over the next 48 hours. Spot fires, which they said could spread rapidly, are of particular concern.

Approximately 50,000 people and 15,000 homes are under evacuation orders. The estimate of 150 structures burned remained the same, as fire officials said they haven't had a chance to properly evaluate the losses.

The following Red Cross shelter locations are open to assist anyone affected by wildfires:

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds,10 W Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001
  • Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023
  • Oxnard College, 4000 S Rose Ave., Oxnard, CA 93033
  • UCSB Recreation Center, 516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93117 (Parking in Lot 16)
  • Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.,
  • Branford Recreation Center, 13306 Branford St.,
  • College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations are listed here.

UPDATE (4:05 p.m.) - New road closures have been added: Highway 150 from Santa Ana Road to Casitas Pass Road and Nye Road loop east of Highway 33.

Highways 33 and 101 remain open at this time.

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.) - The Ventura County Fire Department says a change in the wind direction from offshore to onshore will push smoke from the 65,000-acre Thomas Fire into Ventura, Oxnard and toward Camarillo. Air quality and visibility is expected to be severely impacted.

Highway 33 was reopened to traffic in both directions.

Along Highway 101 in the Faria Beach area, flames continued to burn up to the roadway early Wednesday afternoon.

KSBY News reporter Fabiola Ramirez captured this scene as traffic sped past the flames:

Two years ago, on Christmas night, the Solimar Fire swept through the same area, crossing the 101 near Faria Beach, prompting the closure of the freeway. Highway 101 remained open to traffic on Wednesday.

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While no new evacuations have been ordered, emergency officials released a new evacuation and burn area map Wednesday afternoon:

UPDATE (11 a.m.) - The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula and City of Ventura have all proclaimed local emergencies in response to the 65,000-acre Thomas Fire still burning out of control.

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate, including the entire community of Casitas Springs.

Other evacuation orders include:

Santa Paula

  • Say Road north to Thomas Aquinas
  • Dickenson Ranch Road east to Santa Paula Creek
  • Monte Vista Street north to the city limits
  • Foothill Road from Steckel to Peck Road north of the city limits
  • North of Foothill Road from Peck Road to Wells Road including Wheeler Canyon, Aliso Canyon and Rancho Vista


  • Teloma east to Brent Street
  • Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road
  • Victoria Road east to Hill Road
  • North Ashwood Avenue east to Hill Road
  • North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street
  • North of Main Street from Seward Avenue to Highway 33, including entire Ventura Avenue area

Oak View

  • Boundary of Highway 33, Creek Road and Hermosa Road

Ojai Valley

  • Carne Road east to McAndrew Road
  • Reeves Road north to Thacher Road
  • Highway 150 from Dennison Grade east to Osborne Road and all homes north

Ventura County North Coast

  • Boundary of Highway 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road northwest to Highway 150
  • Highway 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to Highway 101 and south on 101 to Emma Wood State Beach, including PCH 

Multiple road closures are also in effect:

  • Highway 150 from Santa Paula to Ojai
  • Foothill Road at Olive, Cummings, Wells, and Briggs
  • Highway 33 South from Canada Larga to Casitas Springs
  • Highway 33 North from Stanley to Casitas Springs
  • Highway 33 at Nye Road

UPDATE (8:30 a.m.) - President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about the devastating wildfires burning in Southern California, including the Thomas Fire. 

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County has burned 65,000 acres and is zero percent contained. 

The Carpinteria School District canceled its classes for Wednesday, Dec. 6, due to the Thomas Fire burning in Ventura County

The Santa Barbara County school announced the closure on their website

According to the CAL FIRE incident page, as of 7:07 a.m. Wednesday morning, the fire has grown to 65,000 acres.

About 12,000 structures are threatened by the Thomas Fire. 

There are around 1,776 firefighters working on the fire. 

You can find a list of closures at this link, along with evacuations and road closures. 

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