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Thomas Fire Reaches Santa Barbara County With 230K Acres Burned in Its Path

What to Know

  • 230,000 acres burned
  • 10 percent containment
  • Cost associated with suppressing the fire estimated at $34 million

This article was updated with the latest information at 8:55 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10. The latest update can be found here

Scorching through Ventura County for a sixth day, the Thomas Fire reached Santa Barbara County on Sunday as officials ordered new mandatory evacuations.

Click here to see an interactive map of the evacuation zones. 

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas: 

City of Ventura

  • North of Foothill Road from Kimball Road west to Poli Street
  • North of Poli Street from Hall Canyon west to Cedar Street
  • Entire Community of Casitas Springs
  • North of Hwy 150 heading to Hwy 33 and south of Los Padres National Forest
  • City of Ojai and East Ojai Valley
  • SR 150 east of Dennison Park to Koenigstein Road, south of Reeves Road


  • Unincorporated areas west of Rice Road
  • Los Encinos Road to Burnham Road south of SR 150 Upper Ojai Valley
  • Hwy 150 east of Reeves Road and unincorporated areas west of Rice Road
  • Upper Ojai Valley (West)
  • Hwy 33 north of Fairview Drive
  • Matilija Canyon

Unincorporated Ventura County Area

  • Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley
Ventura County North Coast Area
  • Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Hwy 150
  • Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach

Unincorporated area of Fillmore

  • The area of Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north

Santa Barbara County

  • For the communities of Carpinteria, Montecito and Santa Barbara County from east at Mission Canyon Road to west from SR-150, and north of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo

Voluntary evacuation warnings are in effect for the following areas:

Santa Barbara County

  • The entire community of Carpinteria and Summerland is under voluntary evacuations from south of SR-192 to the Pacific Ocean.
  • The community of Montecito is under voluntary evacuations from between Highway 101 and SR-192.
Ventura County
  • Casitas Pass Road east to Highway 33
  • Spring Street to Loma Drive. Includes Rice Road east to Loma Drive. Baldwin Road north to Besant Road

Unincorporated area of Fillmore

  • Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north.

The destructive blaze has burned 230,000 acres along its path since it first started on Monday, Dec. 4.

The blaze was contained by 10 percent Sunday evening. It's destroyed 644 homes, damaged 165 homes, destroyed 15 commercial structures, destroyed 127 minor structures and damaged 19 other minor structures. The cost associated with the damage of the fire is an estimated $34 million, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

Officials warned residents of active fire areas that strong Santa Ana winds, which have been fueling the Southern California wildfires, will remain through Sunday. Gusts are expected to blow from 30 to 50 mph, according to the VCFD.

Mandatory evacuations in the city of Santa Paula were lifted on Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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