Thomas Fire Crosses Into Santa Barbara County

What to Know

  • The blaze had reached 155,000 acres, with 15 percent containment, by Saturday evening.
  • Costs associated with suppressing the fire were estimated at $17 million as of Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • The fire is expected to make its way toward Santa Barbara County.

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The Thomas Fire reached 155,000 acres as it continued to burn into its sixth day Saturday in Ventura County and into Santa Barbara County.

The costs associated with suppressing the fire had already ballooned to $17 million dollars by Saturday morning, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

The city of Santa Paula lifted mandatory evacuations as containment reached 15 percent as of around 7:49 a.m. Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire continued to threaten structures in Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Santa Paula, Carpinteria, Fillmore and unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon, according to Cal Fire.

Red flag warnings remain in place for the area. 

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