#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

#ThomasFire | California | 17

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The Thomas Fire that started on December 4, 2017, as a small 500-acre brush fire would explode two weeks as of today an out-of-control firestorm.  It has grown so much that it is now considered to be the third largest wildfire.

A Superscooper aircraft comes in for a water drop below East Camino Cielo in the hills above Montecito. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

CURRENT FIRE STATUS | 271,000 acres burned.  50% containment status.

Resources will continue fire suppression activities and tactical patrol in Montecito, and improve the fire perimeter. Mop up and strengthening of containment line in the Gibralter Road area will continue.

A Bombardier 415 Superscooper makes a water drop Sunday morning on hot spots along the hillside east of Gibraltar Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Direct and indirect fireline construction extending to the north of the Camino Cielo will continue, tying into the Zaca fire. The threat to Fillmore has decreased with the completion of line from town to Devil’s Gate. Continued strengthening of control lines will help to further decrease threats.

On the north and east flanks of the fire, the fire continues to progress further into the Matilija and Sespe Wilderness and toward the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Firefighters standing guard and providing structure protection at a home off Gibraltar Road watch as a bucket full of water is dropped from a copter onto a hot spot nearby. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

FIRE HISTORY | The Thomas Fire is now considered the third largest wildfire but due to become the largest within 3,000 acres.  The largest wildfire was the Cedar Fire at 273, 246 acres in October 2003.  This fire burned 2,820 structures and killed 15 people.   The second largest was the Rush Fire that began in August 2012, that destroyed 271,911 acres but did not cause any loss of structures or deaths, however 43,666 acres burned in Nevada.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT |  1,024 structures destroyed.  250 structures damaged.  18,000 threatened.

RESOURCES | 8,094 fire personnel.  876 engines, 161 crews, 35 helicopters, 72 dozers, 58 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4.

A US Forest Service Hot Shot Crew from Ojai head down a fire break to work off E. Camino Cielo. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

FIRE WEATHER  | While the weather conditions are improving with an increase in humidity recovery, and decrease in wind speeds, fuels remain critically dry.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/18/2017  @ 2015 PST

#ThomasFire is Wind-Driven | 16

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

(Credit: CAL FIRE)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire. (VCFD PIO)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Size, Containment |  270,000 acres.  45% containment status.

Fire Resources |  8,526 fire personnel. 972 fire engines, 166 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 75 dozers, 86 water tenders and CAL FIRE IMT-4. 

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Thomas Fire. (Credit VCFD PIO)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments |  1,026 structures destroyed and 242 damaged. 18,000 structures threatened.

Fatalities | 1.

Current Fire Status |  Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area with N – NE winds forecasted combined with very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures and single-digit RH will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the fire.  Areas threatened  coastal Santa Barbara County communities including Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland and the Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and Sespe river drainage north of Fillmore.

Social Media |  “The fire is so large that its eastern and western fronts are influenced by entirely different wind patterns and terrain. In many ways, it’s as if firefighters are battling two separate fires some 40 miles apart” –  Hollywood Celebrity.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/17/2017 @ 2030 hours PST

#ThomasFire Firefighters Working Tirelessly | 15

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL Fire)

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Thomas Fire flames burn near the power lines in Sycamore Canyon as seen from West Mountain Drive in Montecito. (Credit: SCB Fire Info)

Size, Containment | Acreage has increased from 259,000 to 267,500 acres.  The containment still remains at a 40% containment status.

Thomas Fire. (Credit: CAL FIRE)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

3,000 more burned acres and the Thomas Fire will become 2nd largest wildfire and 6,000  more to become the largest wildfire in all of California’s fire history. – Social Media

Fire Resources | Fire resources have increased even more significantly on Saturday, December 16, 2017, to 8,477 fire personnel, 972 fire engines, 164 fire crews, 34 helicopters, 77 dozers and 94 water tenders.  CAL IMT Type -4.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Ojai Search and Rescue conducts evacuations in Montecito. (Credit: Ojai SAR)

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

On December 14, 2017, over 395,000 masks have been distributed in SBC to help residents with poor air quality.

Significant air resources, all headed towards Division U (towards 33 freeway), including both tankers and helicopters in the last 30 min. Sounds like fire issues along that corridor this afternoon. 

Photos taken on Saturday, 12/16/2017. (Credit: VCFD)

Evacuations | A voluntary evacuation warning has been issued for the Painted Cave community which includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave. – Santa Barbara County FD

CalGuard Blackhawk confucts a waterdrop operations on Saturday. (Credit: USFS)

The Fire has caused mandatory and voluntary evacuations within the Santa Barbara (City).  All residents are strongly advised to be packed and ready to leave your homes. If you are in mandatory evacuation zone leave now.  – Santa Barbara County FD

Flames churn towards a large fire break near homes along Gibraltar Road north of Santa Barbara. (Credit: SBC Fire Info)

Damage Assessments | 11 additional structures have been destroyed bringing the total to 1,020 structures and 2 additional have been damaged, for a total of 242 structures.  $110 Million Cost-to-date expenses.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status |  Very strong north winds materialized this morning around 0700 increasing fire behavior significantly in the Santa Barbara Front Country. Fire made an aggressive southward push into the community of Montecito, impacting some structures there.

Red flag warnings will remain in place over various portions of the fire over the next operational period for high wind and low humidity. Critical fire weather will continue over the fire area, with north/northeast winds forecasted. This weather pattern will be conducive to west- and southward fire growth, continuing to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland in Santa Barbara County.

North winds will also exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural values, with fire being established in the Sespe drainage. Mop-up operations in previously burned areas will be ongoing. On the north side of the fire, direct and indirect line construction will occur to contain fire that has spread north of Highway 33 and Rose Valley Road.

Direct line construction, where possible, will continue within the Zaca Fire burn scar to Highway 33 Fire suppression repair and Damage Inspection will continue as appropriate based on fire conditions.

Fire near power lines. (Credit: Los Padres NF)

Social Media |  Strong winds and flames are bearing down the ridge and threatening homes up near Gibraltar Rock. – News Media

Parts of Santa Barbara turned into a “ghost town” as residents took appropriate action by listening to new evacuation orders by emergency personnel managing the wind-fed fire. – CAL OES

Brown smoke is seen spewing from the Thomas Fire captured by NASA Earth on December 14. (Credit: NASA)

This fire isn’t letting up & remains dangerous! Stay vigiliant and safe everyone! – CAL OES

Red Cross truck drives through the Skyline neighborhood of Ventura, CA searching for

(Credit: Red Cross)

people in need of assistance. Charred chimney stacks are a common sight in this hillside community, remnants of the beautiful homes consumed by the wrath of the Thomas Fire.  – American Red Cross

Fire intensifies in the Santa Barbara. (Credit: VCFD PIO)

CalTrans continues to work on clearing last nights rockslide on Hwy 150. – VCFD PIO

Hashtags#ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 2200 Hours PST

#ThomasFire Firestorm Still Raging | 14

VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES, CALIFORNIA 

Incident Summary | The Thomas Fire ignited vegetation on December 4, 2017, in the areas of Highways 150 and 126, north of Santa Paula, California from an unknown cause.

Size, Containment | The fire has consumed 259,000 acres and has a 40% containment status.

Structure Protection courtesy of a Mutual Aid Portland OR Fire engine company for a Montecito home near San Ysidro Road. (Credit: SBC Fire Info PIO Eliason Mike)

Command | Command is still in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, LPNF and City of Ventura.

Fire Resources | 8,370 fire personnel along with 973 fire engines, 161 fire crews, 32 helicopters, 77 bulldozers and 92 water tenders.  CAL FIRE IMT -4 is in command.

Incident Cooperators | CAL FIRE, VCFD, VCSO, SBCFD, SBCSO, VFD, VPD, USFS/LPNF, CAL OES, CHP, CA DOC, SPPD, SPFD, VC OES, SB OEM, Rd Cross, SoCaEdison, SoCaGas, Crimson Pipeline, Wildfire Defense Systems, CA Resources Group.

Mutual Aid Resources | 11 U.S. States including WA, ID, OR.

Damage Assessments | 1,009 structures destroyed.  240 structures damaged. 18,000 still threatened.

Fatalities | 1 CAL FIRE Firefighter.

Current Fire Status (Santa Barbara) | Firefighters to continue building direct fireline where possible with support from fire resources, working to tie in to the Tea and Jesusita Fires footprints and remain engaged in structure protection operations.  Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and Santa Barbara communities are still being threatened.

Current Fire Status (Ventura County) | Firefighters on the east side, are working to improve fireline that has been established to fire out of nearby community of Fillmore.  They will additionally extend north from Fillmore in preparation of future firing operations.

On the north side of the fire, will be closely monitored by crews. Fireline construction north of Camino Cielo with light fuels in the Zaca Fire footprint will continue where lines have never been established. 

Hashtags | #ThomasFire #CaliforniaWildfires #CALFIRE #VenturaCounty #OEM #OES

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/16/2017 – 1100 hours PST

#Breaking | Gibraltar Fire in CA’s Los Padres NF | Update 2

SUMMARY

A brush fire was reported around 0516 PDT on Thursday morning with first arriving equipment on scene at 0609 PDT.  The fire is located 1/2 mile off of Camino Cielo, west of Montecito Peak, approximately 3 – 5 miles from populated areas in Santa Barbara County of the Las Padres National Forest.

The fire is said to be wind-driven event.

COMMAND

The incident is in Unified Command with the following:

  • US Forest Service
  • Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Santa Barbara City Fire
  • Montecito Fire
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Command Post is located at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Retardant Surrounding the Gibraltar Fire

“Photo shows Retardant surrounding the fire”, says Fire Managers. [Credit: Jonathan Nunez]

ACRES

Today’s press release is now showing only 40 acres have been burned [Source: Inciweb].

MUTUAL AID

Those assisting with the incident are:

  • City of Montecito FD
  • Santa Barbara Co FD
  • Capinteria/Summerland Fire
  • CALFire
  • Vanderburg AFB
  • Santa Barbara Co Sheriff Office
  • Santa Barbara City PD
  • Santa Barbara Co OEM
  • Red Cross
  • California Highway Patrol

RESOURCES

Fire Resources showing tied to this incident are:

  • (250) Personnel
  • (4) Dozers
  • (8) Handcrews
  • (5) Water Tenders

ROAD CLOSURES

The following are closed due to fire activities in the area. This is for safety for both firefighters and the Public:

  • E of Camino Cielo @ Painted Cave Road
  • Gibraltar Road
  • W Mtn Dr @ Gibraltar Road

EVACUATIONS

Evacuation orders were all lifted this morning at 0800 PDT.

FIRE STATUS

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.  It is burning in heavy Chaparral.

SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS

#LPNF #Gibraltar

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog