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A time-lapse video shows plumes of smoke from the Thomas Fire as seen from Fillmore on Thursday. Wochit

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Thomas Fire: Day 13

Acres: 256,000 • Containment: 35 percent • Buildings destroyed: 1,009 • Cost: $96.9 million 

Here are the latest updates:

Saturday 2:30 a.m. Critical fire weather combined with low moisture and other conditions will support fire growth today, Cal Fire reports. Of concern are areas above the coastal Santa Barbara County communities, Matilija Wilderness, Rose Valley and the Sespe River drainage north of Fillmore.
 
Cal Fire said strong north winds are expected this morning, which could intensify the fire above coastal communities of Santa Barbara County and exasperate the threat to Fillmore and surrounding agricultural areas, with fire backing into the Sespe drainage. 

In Santa Barbara County, firefighters will remain prepared for structure defense operations and continue direct-line construction above Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito, Cal Fire said.

In Ventura County, improvement and mop-up of the fire line in the Fillmore area will continue. Fire in the Bear Wallow area and Day Fire footprint will be monitored. In the north, direct-line construction will continue within the Zaca Fire footprint, tying into Highway 33. 

The latest Cal Fire information adds two structures to the total destroyed, bringing the number to 1,009.

Cal Fire released these statistics about resources being used in the fight against the Thomas Fire as of Friday: 

  • Fire engines: 979
  • Water tenders: 86
  • Helicopters: 29
  • Hand crews: 159
  • Bulldozers: 77
  • Other equipment: Five
  • Personnel: 8,318
     

Friday 9 p.m. Mandatory evacuation orders for the Clear Point and Ondulando neighborhoods of Ventura will be lifted at 10 a.m. Saturday. 

For the first 24 hours, only those with proof of residency will be allowed to enter at the intersections of Victoria Avenue and Foothill Road on the west and Foothill and Kimball roads on the east. 

At 10 a.m. Sunday, friends, family and people deemed appropriate, such as insurance adjusters, will be permitted in with a resident escort.

 A curfew will remain in effect for nonresidents from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

Friday 6 p.m. Officials said at a briefing on the Thomas Fire that the blaze had consumed 256,000 acres and was 35 percent contained. It was 61,056 acres bigger than New York City, which is 194,944 acres, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. 

The fire has destroyed 1,007 structures. The breakdown of the toll on structures:

  • Ventura: 148 damaged and 530 destroyed.
  • Unincorporated Ventura County: 84 damaged and 454 destroyed.
  • Unincorporated Santa Barbara County: Five damaged and 23 destroyed.

Officials said more than 8,000 firefighters are helping battle the blaze, which is the fourth-largest recorded in the state, but appears it will soon move into the No. 3 spot.

Officials said forecasts for sundowner winds mean Santa Barbara County will be a key concern over the next 36 hours. A red-flag fire warning is planned from 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday for Santa Barbara County.

As the sundowner winds taper off in Santa Barbara County, Santa Ana winds are expected to come back to Ventura County on Saturday night into Sunday, with gusts from 35-50 mph. 

Friday 4:40 p.m. The CSU Channel Islands campus in Goleta will continue to be closed next week. The university announced late Friday that classes in Goleta are canceled for the week of of Dec. 17-23 because of the Thomas Fire.

Students will receive instructions via email from faculty regarding options for completing final projects or exams.

Friday 3:30 p.m. The 12-day red-flag fire warning that ended today for Ventura and Los Angeles counties was the longest sustained period of fire weather warnings on record.

“We put out plenty of red-flag warnings, but we haven’t seen them out 12 days in a row. That’s unusual,” National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan told Tribune Content Agency. “This has been the longest duration event that we have had a red-flag warning out without any breaks.”

Red-flag warnings were instituted by the weather agency in 2004 and are intended to alert fire agencies to hot, dry and windy conditions that foster wildfires.

Friday 3 p.m. The American Red Cross is opening a client service center on Saturday for those affected by the Thomas Fire. It will be  in Ventura inside Ventura County Credit Union, 6026 Telephone Road. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Red Cross caseworkers will be connecting one-on-one with people providing them an opportunity to share their needs, ask questions, and—for those who qualify—obtain financial assistance.

Child-care service will also be offered.

For those wishing to donate food and clothing a drop-off location has been set up at 194 Junipero St. in Ventura. 

Friday 12:30 p.m. Mandatory evacuations for the following areas have been lifted: 

Unincorporated North Coast and Casitas Springs 

  • South of Highway 101 to the ocean, between the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line and Highway 33.
  • Highway 33 from West Old Creek Road, south to Park View Drive, including the areas of Casitas Springs and Foster Park.
  • Highway 101 from the Ventura County line east to Highway 33. Highway 33 North to Highway 150, the area south of Highway 150 to the Ventura County line.
  • Residents only for Highway 150 between Santa Ana Road and Highway 192.

Santa Barbara County 

  •  All areas south of Highway 192 and north of Highway 101 from Casitas Pass Rd and Rincon Point.

Two more community meetings have been scheduled. A meeting in Santa Barbara will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. Another will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Ventura in the auditorium at Buena High School, 5670 Telegraph Rd. 

Friday 9:30 a.m. Several cities in Ventura County are distributing masks as poor air quality continues in the area due to smoke from the Thomas Fire. The locations are as follows: 

SANTA PAULA

  • Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W Main St
  • Santa Paula Fire Department Station 82, 536 W Main St

VENTURA

  • Ventura County Fairgrounds – Red Cross Shelter, 10 W. Harbor Blvd
  • EP Foster Library, 651 E. Main St. Ventura
  • Beth Torah Temple, 7620 Foothill Road
  • Barranca Vista Center, 7050 Ralston St.
  • Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.
  • Hill Road Library, 1070 S. Hill Road
  • Saticoy Library, 1292 Los Angeles Ave.
  • San Jon Yard, 336 San Jon Road
  • City Hall, 501 Poli St. (entrance at back parking lot)
  • Academic Family Medicine Center, 3291 Loma Vista Road, Building 340, Suite 201
  • West Ventura Medical Clinic, 133 W Santa Clara St.
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 5851 Thille St.
  • Ventura County Health Care Agency, 2323 Knoll Drive # 414

OXNARD

  • Oxnard College Gymnasium – Red Cross Shelter, 4000 S Rose Ave.
  • North Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St.
  • South Las Islas Family Medical Group, 2400 S C St.
  • Ventura County Public Health-South, 2500 S C St.
  • Ventura County Public Health-North, 2240 E Gonzales Road
  • United Farm Workers, 920 South A St.
  • Vons, 1291 S. Victoria Ave.
  • Channel Islands Harbor Patrol,.3900 Pelican Way (Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. )

OJAI

  • Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Highway **Look for the Red Cross vehicle**
  • Ojai City Hall, 401 South Ventura St.
  • Ojai Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Highway
  • Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai
  • Meiners Oaks Library, 114 N. Padre Juan Ave. Minors Oaks
  • Oak View Library, 555 Mahoney Ave. Oak View

FILLMORE

  • Fillmore Fire Department Station 91, 711 Sespe Place

CAMARILLO

  • Camarillo Public Library, 4101 Las Posas Road

    Thursday, Dec. 14: 12:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.

    Friday, Dec. 15: 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Saturday, Dec. 16: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Sunday, Dec. 17: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 8 a.m. The Thomas Fire grew to 252,500 acres overnight and is 35 percent contained. In Ventura County, firefighters were concentrating their efforts on the southeastern portion of the blaze in the areas near Fillmore that saw some flare-ups on Thursday, Cal Fire officials said. In Santa Barbara County, the firefight was concentrated on the western edge of the fire where firefighters were working to protect homes in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria and Summerland. A red flag warning was in effect until 10 a.m. As of Friday the blaze has destroyed 972 structures and damaged 218 others. The  Ventura Unified School District also announced it will be closed until Jan. 8.

Thursday 10:37 p.m. This time-lapse video posted on Facebook by the Ventura County Fire Department shows the growth of the Thomas Fire's smoke plume:

Thursday 10:30 p.m. Authorities have issued a mandatory evacuation order near Fillmore for the area between Sespe Creek and Burson Ranch that runs from the Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north down to the Fillmore city limits. Authorities have also released an advisory for the city of Fillmore in the following areas: from Second Street north on Island View, west on Fourth Street to A Street, north to Goodenough Road and north to Levee. 

Thursday 7:45 p.m. Firefighters in Ventura County faced setbacks in two areas of the Thomas Fire today. First, there was a flare-up in Rose Valley, an area located northeast of Ojai. There was also increased fire activity north of Fillmore in a rugged area known as the Sespe Wilderness. The mountainous terrain and smoky fuel made it difficult for both ground and air crews to access the fire. In spite of the challenges along these fronts, crews were able to increase containment along the southeast perimeter of the fire.

Thursday 5:30 p.m. A recovery information center housed in a trailer will open next week in Ojai at the parking lot next to City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St. It will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Dec. 22. Information about debris removal, applications for public assistance and housing and health education will be available.

The county has also released some information about cleaning up ash for homes that have not been destroyed. Cleanup of those homes cannot begin until the proper authorities direct those efforts. Cleanup is not advised if ash is still falling.

Here are some tips for safe practices:

  • Avoid skin contact with ash because burned housing material can be toxic. Wash skin immediately if contact occurs.
  • Avoid doing activities that stir up ash. Do not allow children to play in ash or be in an area where ash-covered materials are being disturbed. Wash ash off toys before children play with them.
  • Clean ash off pets.
  • Wear a tight fitting N95 respirator mask, gloves, boots, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when cleaning up ash.
  • Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Avoid sweeping it up dry. Use water and wet cloth or mop to clean items and surfaces.
  • Do not use leaf blowers.

Consult a doctor if you have symptoms related to exposure to smoke or soot. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, headaches and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

Thursday 4:15 p.m. Officials held a briefing on the death of Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, who was assigned to work in a strike team in the Thomas Fire:

Thursday 2:30 p.m. Authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for Matilija Canyon, from the area near Matilija Lake along Highway 33 to Matilija Canyon Road.

Thursday 12:30 p.m. A Cal Fire engineer assigned to work the Thomas Fire has died, the agency said Thursday afternoon. 

Chief Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, confirmed the death of the firefighter in a news release. 

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A Cal Fire engineer died near Fillmore while battling the Thomas Fire. Steve Byerly

"I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas incident. The incident is still unfolding, but in this world of fast-moving information it is important to me that only factual information be shared. To that end, I can confirm a fatality of a Cal Fire engineer from the San Diego Unit has occurred," Pimlott said in a statement. 

The family of the male engineer has been notified, Cal Fire officials said.

It's the second confirmed death in the Thomas Fire. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, was found dead at the site of a car accident on Wheeler Canyon Road, which was under a mandatory evacuation.

Read more: Thomas Fire: Cal Fire engineer dies

Thursday 12:30 p.m. Trash pickup is not being allowed in areas of Ventura County under evacuation from the Thomas Fire, Harrison Industries said in a news release Thursday morning.

Debris cannot be removed from properties without the Environmental Protection Agency or the State Department of Toxic Substances Control conducting a hazardous material inspection. Trash trucks are not allowed in the evacuation areas and operators can’t provide debris bins to homeowners without authorization from Ventura County Environmental Health.

The Ventura County Public Health Officer declared a local health emergency on Dec. 8 to limit the public’s exposure to hazardous substances. Under that declaration, officials from state toxic substances control or the EPA can survey damaged properties and remove hazardous waste at no cost to the property owner and property owners can participate in a voluntary fire debris clearance program administered by the State Office of Emergency Services and CalRycle.

Property owners who opt out of the debris clearance program must have permission from county environmental health before they begin to remove debris.

Thursday 9:30 a.m. A firefighter was reported injured late this morning and a request was made for the Ventura County Sheriff’s helicopter to respond. The helicopter was later canceled but it was unclear why, sheriff’s officials said.

Thursday 9:55 a.m. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Thursday morning for areas northwest of Fillmore.

The boundaries of the mandatory area are Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the East, the Los Padres National Forest to the north and the Fillmore city limits to the south, officials said.

Voluntary evacuation orders were also issued for the Goodenough Road area.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office reported increased fire activity in the area

Thursday 7 a.m. The Thomas Fire grew 4,000 acres overnight for an 11-day total of 242,500 acres. It is now the state's fourth-largest fire, surpassing the Zaca Fire in Santa Barbara County at 240,207 acres. 

Crews kept containment at 30 percent.

Thursday 12:45 a.m. Cal Fire released these statistics Wednesday about resources battling the Thomas Fire:

  • Personnel: 8,083
  • Fire engines: 987
  • Water tenders: 58
  • Helicopters: 27
  • Hand crews: 153
  • Bulldozers: 80
  • Expected containment: Jan. 7

Wednesday 10:10 p.m. This tweeted satellite image from the National Weather Service shows smoke from the Thomas Fire and others in the region  stretching all the way up the California Coast to Eureka near the Oregon border.

Wednesday 9:30 p.m. Although firefighters have contained part of the Thomas Fire, they warn that unpredictable winds could still whip up again and fan the flames, AP reports. They say the fire will continue to spread west as it eats up parched brush. It continues to threaten Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito. The National Weather Service has extended warnings through Friday of extreme fire danger conditions throughout much of Southern California due to lack of moisture along with a possible increase in wind gust speeds at the end of the week.    

Wednesday 8:19 p.m. While many school districts in Ventura County are closed for the rest of the week because of air quality concerns due to the Thomas Fire, the Conejo Valley Unified School District plans to hold classes Thursday. To find out about all closures, visit http://www.vcoe.org.

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. The Thomas Fire has grown to 238,500 acres with 30 percent containment. There are 8,083 firefighters battling the blaze and 921 structures have been destroyed. 

Progress was made on the front of the fire burning in the unincorporated areas near Fillmore, with mandatory evacuations in those areas expected to be lifted Thursday morning. Mandatory evacuations have also been lifted for the Skyline and Hidden Valley neighborhoods of Ventura. 

As the winds died down and smoke cleared the area, there was success in dropping water and fire retardant on the blaze in Santa Barbara County. Santa Ana winds are not expected to be as influential to fire growth in that area on Thursday. However, sundowner winds could pose a problem. Crews are monitoring the winds and had a contingency plan in place should that happen. 

Wednesday 6 p.m. Official briefing on the Thomas Fire:

Wednesday 5 p.m. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District reported that due to smoke from the Thomas Fire, air quality is the Ojai Valley is "very unhealthy" and at times "hazardous." The district rated air quality in Fillmore, the Conejo Valley and Moorpark as "unhealthy." 

The fire is driven by strong Santa Ana winds, causing heavy smoke in and around Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Ojai, the district said. The onshore flow Wednesday was strong enough to push smoke farther inland, resulting in the unfavorable air quality ratings, the district said. 

Later tonight through early Thursday, the offshore flow will strengthen, allowing many areas around Ventura County to experience "good" to "moderate" conditions, but the Ojai area and the most western parts of Ventura near downtown and along Highway 33 will still have smoky, "unhealthy" air, the district said. 

The offshore flow will continue through Thursday but will begin to weaken slightly in the afternoon.
As it weakens, this could allow smoke to move back into the coastal plains.

Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke, the district said. If you are in one of these areas, use extreme caution and avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion, the district advised. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should remain indoors. Run your air conditioner if you have one, keeping the filter clean and fresh-air intake closed. Close all windows and doors that lead outside to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. If this is not an option or indoor conditions get extremely hot, seek alternate shelter, the district advised.

Wednesday 2 p.m.: The Thomas Fire incident command advised drivers traveling on Highway 154 to use caution as the Lake Cachuma area would be heavily trafficked by fire resources.

“We encourage everyone to slow down and to be aware of first responders,” officials said.

Wednesday 9 a.m.: A local assistance center opened at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura and remain open until Dec. 31 for all residents of Ventura County. 
The facility is at 3451 Foothill Road. The center will be open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday 7 a.m.: The Thomas Fire added 1,500 acres overnight, bringing its size to 237,500 acres as of Wednesday morning.

Tuesday 10:23 p.m. Members of California's congressional delegation, inluding those representing Ventura County, met with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the state's massive wildfires. Led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, the lawmakers say they talked to Pence about efforts to contain the fires and the federal government's work to coordinate the response. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, says the federal government will work to help ensure after the wildfires that the affected areas have debris removal and watershed protection. The meeting also included Reps. Salud Carbajal, a Santa Barbara Democrat who represents a sliver of Ventura County; Steve Knight, a Lancaster Republican who represents Simi Valley; Julia Brownley, a Westlake Village Democrat who represents most of Ventura County; and Darrell Issa, R-Vista.

Shown here from left, Reps. Salud Carbajal, Darrell Issa, Julia Brownley, Steve Knight, Ken Calvert and Kevin McCarthy speak to reporters about California wildfires outside the West Wing at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. They met with Vice President Mike Pence about the wildfires. AP PHOTO

Tuesday 9:15 p.m. The National Weather Service extended its red-flag fire warning for Ventura County mountains and valleys until 10 a.m. Friday due to high wind speeds and low relative humidity forecasts. North to northeast gusts between 20-35 mph are expected to blow overnight in the region, followed by weaker winds of 15-25 mph during the day, according to local forecasts.

Tim Chavez, a fire behavior analyst with Cal Fire, said the Thomas Fire has burned more at night when there are higher winds.

“The bulk of the acres the last three or four days has been acreage that has been consumed as the fire moves at night,” Chavez said at a 6 p.m. news briefing.

Tuesday 6 p.m. Authorities said at a briefing Tuesday evening that the Thomas Fire had grown to 236,000 acres and was 25 percent contained.

Updated damage figures showed that in Ventura, the fire has damaged 132 single-family homes and destroyed 504, while damaging eight other buildings and destroying 22. In unincorporated areas of Ventura County, the fire has damaged 33 single-family homes and destroyed 196. Among other types of buildings in unincorporated Ventura County, the fire has damaged 23 and destroyed 176, In unincorporated Santa Barbara County, the fire has destroyed five single-family homes and damaged one other building, according to officials. 

The fire has cost $55.6 million to fight so far. 

Officials said that on Tuesday, 33 helicopters were used to fight the fire along with three tanker planes. Two of those planes were C-130s carrying Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems and one was a 747 known as the Global SuperTanker that has a capacity of 19,200 gallons. Authorities said 733,000 gallons of retardant had been dropped on the fire as of Tuesday.

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When the Thomas Fire and other Southern California blazes broke out, the 19,200-gallon Global SuperTanker, a modified 747, joined the battle. Steve Byerly

Tuesday 1:36 p.m. The mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders for some unincorporated areas of Ventura County in the area of Lake Casitas have been lifted. 

Residents of the area that is bordered to the east by Highway 33 between Casitas Vista Road to Cozy Dell Road; on the north by the Los Padres National Forest on a straight line from Cozy Dell Road to the U.S. Forest Service’s Casitas Station on Highway 150; on the west by the Forest Service’s Casitas Station on Highway 150 and the natural west shoreline of Lake Casitas; and on the south by Casitas Vista Road from Highway 33 and the natural south shoreline of Lake Casitas.

Tuesday 12:15 p.m.: The city of Ventura lifted a boil advisory for residents north of Poli Street and Foothill Road, the last remaining areas under the advisory.

“It is no longer necessary to boil tap water or to consume bottled water in the city of Ventura,” officials said.

More: Message found in the ashes of a Ventura home

Tuesday 10 a.m.: Capt. Stan Ziegler, a Ventura County Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters saw favorable conditions Monday night increasing containment to 20 percent.

Ziegler said Tuesday’s winds were cooperating, pushing flames away from the populated areas of Santa Barbara County.

The fire continued to burn in the Sespe Wilderness area northwest of Fillmore though crews planned to make a stand today to slow the fire’s progress.

Tuesday 7 a.m.: The Thomas Fire gained 3,000 acres overnight and was 234,200 acres in size as of Tuesday morning.

Monday 11:50 p.m. Nighttime fire activity flared up visibility in Fillmore. Hills above Montecito burned brightly, making the fire visible from Santa Barbara and bringing night-flying helicopters. A late-night flareup near Highway 150 and Red Mountain Road, just west of Lake Casitas, threatened structures and also brought night-flying helicopters.

Monday 8:30 p.m. The Ventura City Council votes 7-0 to declare a local emergency. 

More: Ventura turns its focus to recovery as Thomas Fire continues north

Monday 6 p.m. By nightfall, the Thomas Fire reached 231,700 acres at 20 percent containment. The fire's cost was pegged at $48 million. So far, 868 structures were destroyed and another 187 damaged.

An estimated 7,000 firefighters were battling the blaze as it made its way north into Santa Barbara County. A new camp was established at Lake Cachuma to accommodate resources needed for the fire in Carpinteria and Montecito where evacuations were imposed Sunday.

Monday 4:20 p.m. Ventura The voluntary and mandatory evacuations for Ventura have been lifted for all areas except those north of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road. This area is still under mandatory evacuation.

Monday 2:58 p.m. The address of a community meeting being held at 7 p.m. Monday in Santa Paula has changed. It will be held at the Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W. Main St. 

Monday 1:28 p.m. Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for the area along Highway 150 from Reeves Road to Osborn Road. The orders have also been lifted for the areas east of Highway 33, south of Cozy Ojai Road, west of Foothill Road and north of Fairview Road. 

Additionally, a community meeting has been scheduled for 4 p.m. in Santa Barbara at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. 

Monday 11:44 a.m. Santa Paula A community meeting has been set for Monday at 7 p.m. at the Santa Paula Community Center at 530 W. Santa Paula St. Cal Fire said representatives from the agencies managing the incident will provide an operational briefing and be available for questions. Residents who go are asked to arrive early. In the meantime, for questions about the meeting or the fire, call the fire information line at 805-465-6650.

Monday 7 a.m.:  The Thomas Fire added 500 acres overnight bringing its size to 230,500 acres as of Monday morning. Crews increased containment to 15 percent.

The blaze continued to march westward, threatening Santa Barbara County. Crews will continue to experience dry and gusty conditions Monday.

Sunday 9 p.m.  The Thomas Fire was causing intermittent outages in Santa Barbara, affecting more than 85,000 customers, according to Southern California Edison. In Ventura, 2,432 customers are without power but generators were deployed.

Sunday 7 p.m. Fire containment levels dropped Sunday to 10 percent as the blaze grew by 56,000 acres. It progressed 7 miles westward, well into Santa Barbara County, where parts of Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito were threatened. The total footprint expanded to 230,000 acres.

More: Thomas Fire bursts into Santa Barbara County Sunday, exploding to 230,000 acres

Fillmore: Increased fire activity was reported in Fillmore when flames chewed through retardant lines. Extra firefighting resources have been deployed there.

644 homes lost: Cal Fire officials broke out property damage estimates by category, providing an initial tally for single-family homes. Another 165 houses have been damaged.

Evacuations liftedin Ventura County: Mandatory orders were lifted for Ventura City Hall and streets directly surrounding it, including Poli Street and Poli Alley Way.

A mandatory order was also lifted for Poinsettia Pavilion at 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura.

Evacuations expanded In Santa Barbara County: mandatory orders were widened to include all areas east of Mission Canyon Road that lie north of State Route 192. SR-192 is called by multiple names including Foothill Road, Sycamore Canyon Road, East Valley Road and Casitas Pass Road as it cuts through different areas. 

Voluntary evacuations were in place for all of Carpinteria and Summerland south of SR-192, and for Montecito between SR-192 and Highway 101.

A complete list of evacuations and road closures may be found at www.CountyofSB.org or www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org

More: Thomas Fire sweeps through Ondulando neighborhood in Ventura

Sunday 6 p.m.: Officials provide update from the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Sunday 4 p.m.: Officials held a community briefing in Santa Barbara.

Sunday 1:45 p.m. Agencies working on the fire will host a community meeting Sunday afternoon at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. in Santa Barbara, at 4 p.m. Representatives from agencies working on the fire will hold a briefing and answer questions. People are advised to arrive early. Call the information line at 805-465-6650 for more information. 

Sunday 1:35 p.m. Officials said a mandatory evacuation in the city of Ventura from Ventura Avenue north of West Main Street and east of Highway 33 was lifted just after noon Sunday.

Sunday 12:45 p.m. Cal Fire officials said a firefighter suffered a leg injury Sunday while working on the Thomas Fire and is currently being evaluated at a local hospital.

Sunday 12:40 p.m. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has issued new evacuations warnings for Santa Barbara County as the fire continues to move north. The new areas are the area of Hot Springs Road to Buena Vista Drive and State Route 192 to East Camino Cielo; Mission Canyon Road to Cold Springs Road between Alameda Padre Serra and State Route 192; and Alameda Padre Serra to Hot Springs/El Rancho Road between South Salinas Street and State Route 192. A complete list of evacuations and road closures may be found at www.CountyofSB.org or www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org

Sunday 11:25 a.m. The fire continues to make for unhealthy air in much of Ventura County and now parts of Santa Barbara County. The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District said the Santa Ana winds that continue to blow are causing heavy smoke in the plume and downwind of the fire around the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula and Ojai. Air quality is especially bad in the Ojai Valley area where it has at times reached hazardous levels. The coastal plains are also experiencing unhealthy air, the air pollution district reports. Go to vcapcd.org or follow them on Twitter at @vcapcd for the latest updates.

Sunday 11 a.m. For the latest information regarding Santa Barbara County, go to https://www.countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update.

Sunday 10:45 a.m. The County of Ventura has launched a website with resources for those affected by the Thomas Fire. Go to Ventura County Recovers at www.VenturaCountyRecovers.org.

Officials said the site includes information on debris removal, rebuilding, permits, property re-assessment, hazardous materials and health issues.

Sunday 10:30 a.m. The fire continued to burn in the Carpinteria area this morning fanned by Santa Ana winds.

As of today, Cal Fire said 15,000 structures are threatened by the fire, including in various parts of the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Carpinteria, as well as in Casitas Springs, Matilija Canyon, and other unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

The fire still is expected to spread toward the Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor Sanctuary, which are in the Los Pdres National Forest north of Fillmore.

Sunday 9 a.m. Calfire says 754 structures have been destroyed and 162 structures damaged by the Thomas Fire.

Sunday 8:30 a.m. Here is the expanded evacuation zone for Santa Barbara County:

The mandatory order has been expanded to include from Buena Vista east to the County line and north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road), to include the 900 block of Park Lane east.

The voluntary evacuation warning has has been expanded to include East of Hot Springs to Buena Vista Drive, north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road) and East of Eucalyptus Lane /San Ysidro to the County line, south of Highway 192 to the ocean.

For animal evacuations, residents in Santa Barbara County are asked to call 805-681-4332.

The Thomas Fire has interrupted transmission lines for the Santa Barbara area are leaving more than 85,000 customers without electric power.

Sunday 7:45 a.m. The fire continued to be 15 percent contained at 155,000 acres with 4,435 personnel working. Driven by Santa Ana winds the fire grew overnight and was moving west into Santa Barbara County, Cal Fire reported.

Topography and wind have hampered containment efforts and the fire still threatens structures in the cities of Ventura, Ojai, Casitas Springs, Santa Paula, Carpinteria, Fillmore and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County and Matilija Canyon.

A red flag warning will remain in effect Sunday but winds are expected to diminish in the afternoon.

Sunday 4 a.m. The National Weather Service says an extended period of Santa Ana offshore winds will continue through at least Sunday, focused over much of Ventura County. Gusts will generally be in the 40 to 55 mph range, but still much weaker than Thursday. As a result, critical red-flag fire warning conditions will persist over most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Sunday, with a chance of some areas lasting through Monday. Winds will gradually weaken Sunday night through Tuesday.

Meanwhile, minimum humidities of 3 to 10 percent will be common through at least the middle of the week, with widespread overnight levels mostly staying under 30 percent.

Widespread elevated fire weather conditions and prolonged very dry weather will continue through much of next week, with no possibility of rain over the next 10 days, forecasters say. 

Sunday 1:30 a.m. City and county officials asked for patience from Venturans who live in areas evacuated due to the Thomas Fire. “We won’t let anybody back until it’s safe,” Ventura City Manager Mark Watkins told an overflow crowd in a community meeting at Buena High School on Saturday. Law enforcement officers, however, are escorting residents into the affected neighborhoods for the few minutes it takes to gather belongings or clean out refrigerators. The police chief said there have been more than a dozen incidents of looting. Read more: Parts of Ventura remain closed to residents.

 

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