CA | Lava Fire | PM Update

SISKIYOU COUNTY, CALIFORNIA – UPDATE 1 – JULY 2, 2021

A wildfire named the LAVA FIRE is located about 3.5 miles northeast of the community of Weed and 4.5 miles southeast of Lake Shastina, California.

FIRE COMMUNITY MEETING | SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2021 @ 1500 PT (3PM) | (1) Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office | Facebook

Photo of fire on Mt Shasta with the moon and Jupiter
Credit: USFS

There are about 1,626 total personnel assigned along with 30 crews, 112 engines and 15 helicopters. Fire command is under CAL FIRE Darryl Laws and IMT Steve Watkins.

About 23,849 acres of timber, grass and brush have been burned. Crews have successfully reached a 27% containment status but are striving to achieve the one-hundred percent fire suppression objectives.

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Credit: Caltrans District 2

The current fire management team is CAL FIRE’s Steve Watkins, IMT and Darryl Laws.

Closures

  • Bunny Flat Campground (USFS)
  • Sand Flat Campground (USFS)
  • Red Fir Flat Campground (USFS)
  • McBride Springs Campground (USFS)
  • Hwy 97 between the City of Weed and the City of Dorris
  • Everitt Memorial Hwy at Gateway Trail Trailhead

Downgraded Evacuation Orders

  • Lake Shastina
  • Carrick
Credit: USFS

Evacuation Orders Remain in Effect

  • North along Hwy 97 to County Road A-12
  • Community of Juniper Valley off of Big Springs Road from Hwy 97 to McDonald Lane
  • Big Springs Road on both east and west sides
  • Mount Shasta Vista Subdivision-Country Road A-12 north and south
  • Harry Cash Road
  • 4 Corners to Hart Road
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Credit: Caltrans District 2

Fire crews are working to keep the fire from east of the Union Pacific RR tracks; south of Deer Mtn Road; north of Diller Canyon and west of the north Gate Trailhead. Additionally, structure protect of critical infrastructure and cultural resources using direct tactics by aircraft are under way.

Tankers 910 and 912 have been spread thin by responding to multiple Californian wildfires SALT, WILLOW, INYO CREEK and DOTTA fires.

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Credit: 10 Tanker Air Carrier

Climate consist of steep, rocky terrain, limited road access and limited water sources near the fire line.

Incident Cooperators

  • USFS – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • CAL FIRE
  • Siskiyou County Sheriffs Office
  • Siskiyou County OEM
  • USDA Fire

The Cost-to-Date has topped out at $8.8 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Overland Fire | AM Update

1140 PT | SATURDAY | JUNE 19, 2021

The OVERLAND FIRE is burning off of Canebrake Canyon Road and Great Southern Stage Route, east of Mount Laguna (San Diego County), California. It is also about .5 mile west of the S2 Highway.

Just after 0900 hours, firefighters arrived to a 10-acre brush fire with a slow rate of spread. There has been a request for an extended attack due to inaccessibility issues.

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Credit: CAL FIRE/San Diego County FD

Fire started today in a remote and hard-to-access area. Ground and air resources are currently working on the fire line.

The fire is about 100 acres with a 0% containment status. The AA says it is currently at 100+ with a potential of 500+ more acres.

In addition to this fire, it appears there is a search for two missing people in the area of Great Southerland Stage Route (S2) and Agua Caliente Springs Road.

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Courtesy: CAL FIRE/San Diego County FD

Incident Cooperators: CAL FIRE San Diego, San Diego County Sheriff Department, Ready San Diego, Fire Mappers.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Sit Rep 2 | CA | Galicia Fire

SIT REP 2 | MAY 18, 2021 | 2000 PT

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CAL FIRE / RCFD

The GALICIA FIRE is burning in the 44000 block of Galicia Drive in Valley Vista.

When first due CAL FIRE/Riverside County FD units on-scene, firefighters reported as a 2-3 acre fire with heavy brush and multiple trees ablaze in a river bottom.

Incident Cooperators include: San Bernardino NF and the Soboba FD.

Forward progression of the fire has been stopped and contained to nice acres around 1900 hours PT. They are due to remain on-scene for several hours.

Containment status is at 40%.

SIT REP 1 | MAY 18, 2021 | 1800 PT

Newest brush fire, the GALICIA FIRE is burning near the Soboba Reservation, north of Highway 74 in Hemet (Riverside County), California started around 1730 hours PT and news coverage is starting to spread like wildfire.

Fire is said to be at 20 acres (1800 hours PT).

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Credit: Edison

Lead Agency: CAL FIRE RRU | Lots of resources are en route to this incident, including a request from AA240 for 2 airtankers out of Hemet.

Forward progression has been stopped according to sources and all tankers released (1800 PT).

This is still a developing story. More will be updated if activity changes.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | New Wildfire | Galicia Fire

SIT REP 1 | MAY 18, 2021 | 1800 PT

Newest brush fire, the GALICIA FIRE is burning near the Soboba Reservation, north of Highway 74 in Hemet (Riverside County), California started around 1730 hours PT and news coverage is starting to spread like wildfire.

Fire is said to be at 20 acres (1800 hours PT).

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Credit: Edison

Lead Agency: CAL FIRE RRU | Lots of resources are en route to this incident, including a request from AA240 for 2 airtankers out of Hemet.

Forward progression has been stopped according to sources and all tankers released (1800 PT).

This is still a developing story. More will be updated if activity changes.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

Creek Fire Continues to Burn

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time of Incident | The CREEK FIRE ignited on September 4th around 1821 hours PT and has since been burning.

Location | It is currently burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake areas in both Fresno and Madera Counties, California. More precisely 35 miles northeast of Clovis.

Fire Fuels | Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

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Photo Credit | US Navy

FIRE OPERATIONS

Resources | There are 2,038 total personnel along with 39 crews, 11 helicopters, 169 engines, 14 dozers and 44 water tenders.

They rep the USFS, AZ Fire & Medical, CAL FIRE along with the NWS Binghamton, Sierra National Forest, NOAA.

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Photo Credit | AZ Fire and Medical

Unified Command | Command is in Unified command which includes CAL FIRE, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra National Forest. This includes the CA Team 5 (IMT1) and NR Team 4 (IMT2).

South Zone – Fresno County | Fire activity near Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs produced quite a bit of smoke today. This will impact Kaiser Pass Road towards the northeast portion of the fire. Fire behavior is active due to drought stressed fuels.

From San Jaoquin River north to Central Camp will transition to patrol status in the southwestern portion of the area. Crews have completely mopped up and widened/secured the containment lines. Aircraft flew over yesterday supporting fire operations. New aircraft was due to arrive today to recycle existing resources.

North Zone – Madera County | Continued high pressure, low humidity remains for potential flare-ups and short-range spotting. Active burning of surface fuels in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is confined by natural barriers, but it still remains about 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. It has had little forward progression as it is being held by the 2018 LIONS FIRE burn scar.

Firefighters will continue with securing the edge, mopping up and increasing containment lines in the northwestern corner.

CURRENT STATUS

Size Up | There has been 313,660 acres destroyed. Current containment status is 49%. Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, backing and short-range spotting.

Damage Assessments | There has been 71 structures damaged and 856 destroyed. 12 people (fire/civilians) have been injured. Cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $113,000,000.

Infrastructure | Power companies are assessing re-energenzing areas and making infrastructure repairs.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

Repopulation | Residents, business owners and others are starting to repopulate areas again.

Temporary Entry Permits | Temporary Entry permits will be given to those who were evacuated from campgrounds, camping areas and cabins south of the fire to return and pick up their belongings on October 4, 2020 and again on October 10th and 11th. Additional dates will be given for the northern side.

How to Request a Permit –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=fseprd815384/

Cattle Round-up | Cattle in and around the fire area are being rounded up and evacuated out of the area.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Fire-nadoes | 2 Fire-nadoes shows its face as fire weather intensifies on September 25th. (Media)

Military Assistance | Army, Navy and Marines are all helping fight the good fight, together as one.

Community of Shaver | Many homes in this community are saved.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2030 PT

#ThomasFire Almost Fully Contained | 22

 

CALIFORNIA 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire started on December 4, 2017, near the Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula (Ventura County), California which ignited from an unknown cause.  It would become a firestorm quickly from the aid of the Santa Ana winds, low relative humidity and higher-than-normal temps.  

As of today, there are still 620 personnel still assigned on the fire line with most of them that have work throughout the Christmas holidays.  With their hard work, dedication and tireless efforts, crews have successfully gained a 92% containment status which will be full contained at 100%.

 

Overall, the fire has destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged 280 more.  One person, a firefighter was killed in the line-of-duty.  

Thomas Fire burn operation December 19, 2017

As increased containment continues, firefighters will continue with shifting their efforts to repairing damaged caused by suppression efforts, such as constructing water bars and returning or scattering shrubs and plants along creating contingency lines.

The the ICT is prepping to transfer management to the Los Padres NF team leaders on Saturday, December 30th.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/29/2017 – 2155 PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20 | Revised

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

UPDATE

A NWFB reader brought it to our attention that the #SantiagoCanyonFire in September 1889 aka the Great Fire of 1889, a massive wildfire that burned in three counties:  Orange, Riverside and San Diego, California was greater than the size of 308,000 acres.  With other wildfires active at the same time, the fire had a growth potential up to 494,000 acres but it did not merge with the others.

CAL FIRE does not recognize this wildfire,  nor does other trusted sources we used for this post as accurate recording of fires started officially in 1932.  Therefore, we are still standing by our original post that the Thomas Fire is the largest on “official” CA Fire records. – ED. <Wikipedia>

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/26/2017 – 2355 hours PST 

#ThomasFire Holds Fire Resources Over into Christmas Holiday | 20

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Thomas Fire is long from being over as it still holds fire resources from their families and loved ones into the Christmas Holiday – a first ever for most of the firefighters attached to this incident. 

The fire originally ignited on Monday, December 4th about three weeks to this day, as a 500-acre brush fire which started around the Thomas Aquinas College, north of Santa Paula, California.  The fire quickly exploded into a firestorm destroying hundreds of structures, livelihoods and killing one life – a firefighter in the line-of-duty.

RESOURCES

There are currently 1,586 fire personnel that are still working on the fire line, in support roles and in management along with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders. 

The IMT unit is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Team 4 and 3.

From Adversity to Kindness

City of Anaheim FD’s E9 is providing SAR activities. Taken on December 24, 2017 @ 1500 hours PST. (Credit: Anaheim FD Via Inciweb)

Incident Cooperators as those agencies and organizations that work hand-in-hand together on a single fire incident.  Listed below are those currently still working in conjunction with fire suppression efforts and supporting all fire, law enforcement, human services and infrastructure activities:  

CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCoFD, SBCoSO, City of Ventura PD, City of Ventura FD, USFS/Los Padres NF, CAL OES, Red Cross, Souther CA Edison, CHP, CA DOC, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group, Santa Paula PD, Santa Paula FD, Ventura Co OES, Santa Barbara OEM.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Credit: USFS via Inciweb

CURRENT FIRE STATUS

The Thomas Fire destroyed 1,063 structures and damaging 280.  It has consumed 281,620 acres and is now considered to be an 86 containment status.

Here is the current fire status as firefighters work to gain and work to contain and suppress this fire until it is completely out.  Each area is listed as their areas of primary focus:

Cooperators on the Thomas Fire

Incident Cooperators assisting on the wildfire. Posted on December 14, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Cherry Creek Road:  Additional 1/2 mile of containment line has been added to the area.  On December 18, crews initiated a firing operation north of the main fire and west of this roadway, say Fire Officials.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

Firefighters on the Thomas Fire. (Credit: Inciweb)

 

Bear Heaven:  Hot spots still remain in the area.  Water drops are in effect due to steep, rugged terrain and limited access.  Firefighters are working to gain additional containment and work on fire suppression efforts.

Ventura to Santa Barbara:  Fire line has been contained and secured.  No forward progression is expected due to shorter days and lack of recorded winds.  Firefighters are making progress in increased containment protecting infrastructure and nearby communities. 

Mop-up operations are also being conducted, as well as active patrol for any flare-ups or new fire starts.

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire on December 17, 2017. (Credit: Inciweb)

Wildlife:  Due to displacement of wildlife from the fire, residents and visitors are being strongly discouraged from feeding or being near these WILD animals for your safety and theirs.  If you see any wildlife, you are asked to call 9-1-1 and visit this website for more information.  (https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/living-with-wildlife).

 

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/25/2017 – 1000 hours PST

#ThomasFire Containment Rises | 19

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

This post is dedicated to CAL FIRE Engineer Cory Iverson who died in the line-of-duty while engaging fire suppression efforts on the Thomas Fire.  A Celebration of Life was held today.

Our Hearts, Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Iverson Family, his Fire Family, Friends, Loved Ones and all those who Firefighter Iverson touched and impacted everyday. – Ed.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A 500-acre brush fire broke out near the Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai (Ventura County) California on Monday, December 4, 2017.

The fire ignited from an unknown cause which is still under investigation, would become the State’s biggest wildfire in all of their recorded Fire history.

According to the USFS, 65%  of the fire is still burning on federal lands, which is about 140,862 acres on National Forest System lands.  It had crossed over into the Los Padres National Forest and is now located in both the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | 273,400 acres.  78% containment status.

Fire Fact:  There were many Agencies that worked together not only in fire suppression but also supporting both Fire and Law Enforcement personnel, such as the CAL Trans Department in working to keep highways clear and safe.

Credit: CALTrans District 7

The front country fire perimeter is secure and firefighters will continuing to build upon previous secured established containment lines near communities and other infrastructure.  Mop-up operations are in effect along the fire perimeter, as well as active patrol.   Fire resources, including firefighters and fire suppression aircraft will remain assigned to this incident for any possible flare-ups or new fire starts.

Credit: Information Officer Erin McKenzie/Los Padres NF

RESOURCES | There are 2,512 fire personnel with the aid of 116 fire engines, 61 fire crews, 26 helicopters, 19 bulldozers and 31 water tenders.  The IMT has transitioned over into a CA IMT Type 3.

Fire Fact:  For most (resources) assigned to this fire incident,  this will be their first wildfire assignment over Christmas.

COMMAND STAFF | Incident Command is in Unified Command consisting of the Los Padres NF, CAL FIRE, VC_FD PIO, USFS and Ventura County Sheriffs Office.

Fire Fact:  There are many faces behind the support of a large fire incident, such as SCE crews who work tirelessly to clean up fire-damaged equipment, including poles, wires and insulators. 

Credit: SCE

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Agencies and organizations that were an integral par of this incident were the Montecito Fire Protection District, Red Cross, CAL FIRE, CA DOC, CA DOT, CHP, CA OES, PGE, SBCoFD, SBCSO, Santa Paula FD, Santa Paula SO, So Cal Edison, So CA Gas Co, USDA Forest Service, Los Padres NF, Ventura City PD, VCFD and VCSO.  This also includes the hundreds of firefighters that responded 11 U.S. States with fire apparatus and strike teams, additional resources.

Fire Fact:  An USAF Reaper drone which was unarmed and non-weaponized helped provide situational awareness to firefighters during the fire incident.

Credit: VCFD_PIO

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT |  1,063 structures destroyed.  280 structures damaged.

Fire Fact:  This wildfire affected more than just those directly involved but will also impact the lives and livelihoods of those for months, if not years.  

FIRE HISTORY |  The Thomas Fire is now the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history with the Cedar Fire coming in second with 273,246 acres and the destruction of 2,2820 structures in October of 2003.   The Rush Fire moves down to third place with burning 271,911 acres with no deaths or destruction of property, however, it did burn up 43,666 acres in nearby State of Nevada in August of 2012.

Credit: VCFD_PIO

FIRE IMAGES | Courtesy of CAL Fire and VCFD_PIO

Fire Fact:  The Thomas Fire which began as the largest wildfire appeared to be the most photographed up close and personal. 

Credit: VCFD_PIO

SOURCES | Ventura Co FD PIO, Inciweb, CAL Fire, USFS

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/23/2017 – 2045 hours PST

#ThomasFire Becomes Biggest Fire in California History | 18

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A 500-acre original brush fire broke out near the Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai (Ventura County) California on Monday, December 4, 2017.  The fire ignited from an unknown cause which is still under investigation, would become the State’s biggest wildfires in all of their recorded Fire history.

Sixty-three percent of the fire is burning on federal lands, which is about 140,862 acres on National Forest System lands.  It had crossed over into the Los Padres National Forest and is now located in both the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts.

Thomas Fire, Branch II FIring Operation

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | 273,400 acres.  65% containment status.

CAL FIRE states:  Crews are mopping the Camino Cielo to strengthen the fireline there. To the north of Camino Cielo, crews will patrol the fire line in the Zaca fire area, and monitor fire spread where line construction has not been possible due to very rough terrain. The firing operation from the past few days will be mopped up and patrolled.

North of the community of Fillmore fire behavior has been was minimal where it has backed into the Sespe drainage. Fire spread east of Rose Valley to Bear Haven will be monitored by air. Fire spread has been minimal in this area for the last week, with IR information corroborating that intel. To the north, the fire is slowly moving through the Sespe Wilderness and Bear Haven area, where it is being closely monitored. Carpinteria, the Ojai Valley area, and Highway 126 between Highway 150 and Fillmore are all in patrol status and will transition to unstaffed.

Thomas Fire burn operation December 19, 2017

RESOURCES | Fire personnel has been reduced to the highest peak of 8,094 fire personnel down to its current number of 2,841.  Many strike teams have been released from the fire and returned to their home bases.   The highest number of 876 engines, 161 crews, 35 helicopters, 72 dozers, 58 water tenders have been reduced to  171 fire engines, 63 fire crews, 26 helicopters, 21 dozers and 38 water tenders.

Thomas Fire burn operation December 19, 2017

The CAL FIRE IMT – 4 is to transition to a CAL IMT Team 3 as of 1800 hours this evening.

COMMAND STAFF | Incident Command is in Unified Command consisting of the Los Padres NF, CAL FIRE, VC_FD PIO, USFS and Ventura County Sheriffs Office.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | Agencies and organizations that were an integral par of this incident were the Montecito Fire Protection District, Red Cross, CAL FIRE, CA DOC, CA DOT, CHP, CA OES, PGE, SBCoFD, SBCSO, Santa Paula FD, Santa Paula SO, So Cal Edison, So CA Gas Co, USDA Forest Service, Los Padres NF, Ventura City PD, VCFD and VCSO.  This also includes the hundreds of firefighters that responded 11 U.S. States with fire apparatus and strike teams, additional resources.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT |  1,063 structures destroyed.  280 structures damaged.

FIRE WEATHER  | CAL FIRE: “The dry cold front moved through the area on December 20 and was replaced by weak offshore flow. Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour tested firelines in the south, with no notable fire activity in the Montecito area, Camino Cielo or Fillmore. A persistent offshore flow will bring low relative humidity and above average temperatures to the fire area for several days. Fire behavior will increase over the next few days with the lowering relative humidity.

Thomas Fire 12/16/2017

The fire area has not received any rainfall over .10 inches since February. Live fuel conditions are far below critical levels. ERCs have dipped with the recent humidity recovery but will begin to increase with continued offshore flow.”

FIRE HISTORY | The Thomas Fire  is now considered the largest wildfire killing one firefighters and destroying 1,063 structures and damaging 280 .  This wildfire has now bypassed previously number one ranked Cedar Fire which burned 273, 246 acres in October of 2003.  This fire also destroyed 2,820 structures and killed 15 people.   The now third ranked biggest wildfire, Rush Fire ignited in August 2012,  destroying 271,911 acres. It did not cause any loss of structures or deaths, however it did burn 43,666 acres in nearby State of Nevada.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb/USFS

Sources | Ventura Co FD PIO, Inciweb, CAL Fire, USFS

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/22/2017  @ 2359 PST