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Thomas Fire grows to 230,000 acres, containment drops to 10 percent

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Photo courtesy: Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Photo courtesy: Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire

This story has been updated. For information Monday on the Thomas Fire, click here

UPDATE (10 p.m.) - Fire officials report, out of nearly 790 structures destroyed in the Thomas Fire, 644 of those are homes. Another 165 homes have been damaged.

A total of 5,773 fire personnel are currently working to contain the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Highway 192 is closed to eastbound traffic from Hot Springs Road to Highway 150 south of Carpinteria. Highway 101 remains open.

Click here for information on N-95 face mask distributions in Santa Barbara County on Monday.

Click here for a list of evacuation warnings and orders.


UPDATE (6:15 p.m.) - As of Sunday evening, the Thomas Fire had grown to 230,000 acres and was ten percent contained.

In Ventura County and within Ventura city limits, fire officials said a total of 790 structures had been destroyed by the fire.

The cost to fight it so far is estimated to be approximately $34 million.


UPDATE (4:35 p.m.) - At a community meeting Sunday afternoon, fire officials said the Thomas Fire had grown to more than 200,000 acres. 

The fire was continuing to move in a westerly direction.

Evacuation orders and warnings were expanded again Sunday evening. Everything east of Mission Canyon Road and north of Highway 192 to the county line is under an evacuation order. Rincon Point also remains under an evacuation order.

A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the area west of Mission Canyon Road to Highway 154 north of Highway 192 to E. Camino Cielo and south of Highway 192 from Mission Canyon Road along Alameda Padre Serra and east to the county line.

The fire reportedly moved about six miles Saturday night and during the day on Sunday. Fire officials said, it if does that again, it will threaten Highway 154.

They also said, if the fire continues on its current path, it will tie into the burn scar of the Jesusita Fire of 2009. Fire officials said the younger fuel beds in previous wildfire areas will help slow the spread of the fire if it gets that far.

Officials said it has been more than 200 days since the area has received rain, so the brush is extremely dry. Monday was expected to be the eighth day of Red Flag conditions in the area. 

The fire broke out on the early evening of Monday, Dec. 4. On that night, winds drove the fire 15 miles. Weather conditions continue to be a challenge for firefighters with the fire spotting up to a mile ahead of the fire lines.


ORIGINAL STORY - As of Sunday morning, the Thomas Fire has grown to 173,000 acres and is 15 percent contained.

Mandatory evacuation orders expanded in Carpinteria and Montecito areas

Evacuation orders are for residents in Rincon Point and for the areas of Carpinteria and Montecito from Buena Vista Drive east to the county line and north of Highway 192 to the county line including the 900 block of Park Lane east. Everything south of Highway 192 and east of San Ysidro is under a voluntary evacuation warning. 

Voluntary evacuation orders issued for Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara

Approximately 88,000 people have been evacuated since the start of the fire.

Fire officials say 754 structures have been destroyed. 

Early Sunday morning, the fire burned at least one home off Gobernador Canyon Road in Carpinteria and firefighters were working to stop the flames as they advanced on homes atop Shepherd Mesa Road.

Thomas Fire advances on homes in Carpinteria area

Fire officials say moderate Santa Ana winds fanned the fire and there was significant growth in the Carpinteria area. The fire continues to burn actively to the north, east, and west. It's expected to spread toward the Sespe Wilderness and Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

4,435 firefighters are assigned to the incident. It has also cost $25,000,000 to fight it so far.

Smoke from the Thomas Fire is moving up the Central Coast, impacting communities in northern SLO County.

Thomas Fire smoke causing poor air quality

Thomas Fire causing power outages, surges in Santa Barbara area

Most schools in southern Santa Barbara County will be closed on Monday due to the Thomas Fire and related smoke.

School closures for Monday, December 11

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