California Wildfires - Analysis and Preparedness

Update 12: Thomas Fire Evacuations Lifted in Santa Barbara County; Fire Remains 60% Contained

21 Dec 2017 13:19 EST

Environment: All Thomas Fire evacuations lifted in Santa Barbara County, Calif., US, Dec. 21. Fire remains at 60-percent containment.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 21 Dec 2017 18:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 22 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Winds that were forecast to create hazardous fire conditions in the Thomas Fire complex Dec. 20-21 have been weaker than initially anticipated. As of Dec. 21, the fire had burned approximately 110,115 hectares (272,200 acres) and was 60-percent contained; the Thomas Fire is the second largest wildfire in California's history. Authorities still expect full containment will not be achieved before Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Crews took advantage of the weaker winds to reinforce containment lines, allowing authorities to lift all evacuation orders and warnings in Santa Barbara County as of 0900 Dec. 21. All mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have also been lifted in Ventura County, with the exception of residents and day visitors to Rose Valley. The public is being urged to remain vigilant of fire conditions and ongoing firefighting response efforts in the area.

Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed more than 1,340 structures, primarily residential buildings. The blaze is threatening an estimated 18,000 additional structures.

Weather Forecast

A Red Flag warning is set to expire at 1000 Dec. 21 for southern Santa Barbara County; however, the National Weather Service has issued a new warning through early Dec. 22 for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Wind gusts of up to 97 kph (60 mph) will be possible for the mountains and foothills, which could lead to new fire ignition and expansion of the Thomas Fire perimeter.

Transport

As of Dec. 21, the Thomas Fire has not prompted an unexpected closure of major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Some local roads remain closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-154 (between the SR-246 junction and the SR-192 junction from 0500-0900 on weekdays), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Officials could impose intermittent, short-notice road closures in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to move quickly to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, and charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and nonperishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 11: Thomas Fire 60% Contained; Strong Winds Forecasted through Dec. 22

20 Dec 2017 12:48 EST

Environment: Thomas Fire 60-percent contained in Santa Barbara/Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 20. Strong winds forecasts through Dec. 22.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 20 Dec 2017 17:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 22 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Firefighters working on the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have taken advantage of calm winds and higher humidity levels in recent days. As of Dec. 20, the fire had burned approximately 110,075 hectares (272,000 acres) and was 60-percent contained; the Thomas Fire is now the second largest wildfire in California's history. Authorities still expect full containment will not be achieved before Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Weather between Dec. 20-22 will challenge containment lines and threaten the Montecito area. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed more than 1,250 structures, primarily residential buildings. The blaze is threatening an estimated 18,000 additional structures.

Evacuations

As of Dec. 20, the following mandatory evacuations are in effect:

  • Santa Barbara County: Zone bounded by SR-192 at San Roque Road to Ladera Lane, northward to Camino Cielo; areas south of SR-192 and north of Alameda Padre Serra (east of Mission Canyon Road and west of Olive Mill Road)
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley

As of Dec. 20, voluntary evacuations have been issued for the following areas; if you are in these areas, be prepared to leave:

  • Santa Barbara County: North of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo (between SR-154 and North Ontare Road); areas from Toro Canyon westward to Hot Springs; areas between US 101 and SR-192; North Patterson Road to SR-154, Cathedral Oaks Road to intersection of SR-154 at Painted Cave Road; area bounded by SR-192, Stagecoach Road, US 101, and La Cumbra Road; North La Cumbre Road to Mission Canyon Road (between State Street and SR-192)

Weather Forecast

The National Weather Service has reissued a Red Flag warning for the Santa Barbara mountains and south coast areas through early Dec. 21. Wind gusts of up to 80 kph (50 mph) will be possible, particularly along ridgetops and in the foothills. This could lead to new fire ignition and expansion of the Thomas Fire perimeter.

Transport

As of Dec. 20, the Thomas Fire has not prompted an unexpected closure of major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-154 (between the SR-246 junction and the SR-192 junction from 0500-0900 on weekdays), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Officials could impose intermittent, short-notice road closures in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to move quickly to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, and charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and nonperishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 10: Some evacuations lifted following increased containment of Thomas Fire

18 Dec 2017 13:29 EST

Environment: Some evacuations lifted following increased containment of Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara/Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 18.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 18 Dec 2017 18:28 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Thomas Fire, Update 10

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Containment of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties continues to increase. As of the morning of Dec. 18, the fire had burned approximately 109,468 hectares (270,500 acres) and was 45-percent contained. Some voluntary and mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted due to the increased containment; however, thousands of residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties remain displaced. Authorities still expect full containment will not be achieved before Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Fire crews are working to build containment lines and inspect for wildfire damage throughout the burn complex; officials expect repopulation of evacuated areas to continue as personnel mitigate the wildfire threat over the coming days. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed more than 1,250 structures, primarily residential buildings. The blaze is threatening an estimated 18,000 additional structures.

Evacuations

As of Dec. 18, the following mandatory evacuations are in effect:

  • Santa Barbara County: Zone bounded by Toro Canyon, Cravens Lane, and US 101; zone bounded by US 101, Salinas Street, Alameda Padre Serra, Mission Canyon Road, and SR-192; areas north of SR-192 to SR-154; areas east of SR-154 to East Camino Cielo
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley

As of Dec. 18, voluntary evacuations have been issued for the following areas; if you are in these areas, be prepared to leave:

  • Santa Barbara City: the area from West Mission Street, east to S. Salinas Street from US 101, to Alameda Padre Serra
  • Santa Barbara County: the area west of Santa Barbara City, north to San Marcos Road to SR-154, and north of Cathedral Oaks Road to the intersection of SR-154 and north to San Marcos
  • Santa Barbara County: the area bounded by Constance, Alameda Padre Serra, and South Salinas on the north and east, US 101 on the south and West Mission Street to State Street on the west
  • Santa Barbara County: All areas south of US 101 to the coast and west of the Zoo to San Ysidro Road

Weather Forecast

All Red Flag warnings in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties expired late Dec. 17. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels will aid in wildfire suppression efforts over the coming days. Despite this, strong winds and low relative humidity are forecast to return to the area Dec. 20-21. This could lead to new fire ignition and expansion of the Thomas Fire perimeter.

Transport

As of Dec. 18, the Thomas Fire has not prompted an unexpected closure of major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest) and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Officials could impose intermittent, short-notice road closures in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line. A closure of US 101 would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to move quickly to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, and charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and nonperishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 9: Winds ease slightly; Thomas Fire still threatens Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Calif.

17 Dec 2017 9:25 EST

Environment: Winds ease slightly; Thomas Fire still threatens Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 17. Heed authorities.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 18 Dec 2017 00:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

The Thomas Fire continues to expand in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, even as firefighters make headway to contain it. As of 1430 Dec. 17, the fire had burned approximately 108,860 hectares (269,000 acres) and was 40-percent contained. Authorities lifted some voluntary evacuation orders Dec. 17, but many voluntary and mandatory orders for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties remain in place. Authorities still expect full containment will not be achieved before Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Future wildfire growth is likely along the complex's western front. Personnel are focusing on structural defense and building containment lines above the Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito communities. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 structures, primarily residential buildings. The blaze is threatening an estimated 18,000 additional structures.

Evacuations

As of Dec. 17, the following mandatory Evacuation Orders are in effect:

  • Santa Barbara County: City of Santa Barbara - the area east of Highway 154 to Mission Canyon Road, and north of Highway 192 to East Camino Cielo. Montecito and Summerland Area - the area bounded by Highway 192, Highway 101, Toro Cyn, and Summit Road and Country Club. Montecito - the area bounded by Alameda Padre Serra/Highway 101, Highway 192, Mission Canyon Road, and Hot Springs and Summit Road
  • City of Fillmore: Zone bounded by Sespe Creek, Burson Ranch, Los Padres National Forest, and the Fillmore city limits
  • Fillmore (Unincorporated): The area bounded by Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north; also, the area bounded by Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north
  • City of Ventura: North of Foothill Road from Cobblestone Road to Kimball Road
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley
  • Ventura County (North Coast Area): The area of Highway 150 between Santa Ana and Highway 192 is still in under an evacuation order but is now accessible to residents only

As of Dec. 17, Evacuation Warnings have been issued for the following areas; if you are in these areas, be prepared to leave:

  • Santa Barbara City: the area from West Mission Street, east to S. Salinas Street from Highway 101, to Alameda Padre Serra
  • Santa Barbara County: the area west of Santa Barbara City, north to San Marcos Road to Highway 154, and north of Cathedral Oaks Road to the intersection of Highway 154 and north to San Marcos
  • Santa Barbara County: the area bounded by Constance, Alameda Padre Serra, and South Salinas on the north and east, Highway 101 on the south and West Mission Street to State Street on the west
  • Santa Barbara County: All areas south of Highway 101 to the coast and west of the Zoo to San Ysidro Road

Weather Forecast

Long-term Wind Advisory and Red Flag warnings are finally set to expire by 2000 Dec. 17. Forecasters expect winds largely to subside by Dec. 18, and they are unlikely to intensify again at least through Dec. 20. Humidity levels are also likely to increase through Dec. 20, which will aid firefighters.

Transport

As of Dec. 17, all major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were open. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-150 (between Ojai and Santa Paula), SR-154 (between the SR-246 junction and the SR-192 junction), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Officials could impose intermittent, short-notice road closures in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line. A closure of US 101 would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to move quickly to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, and charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and nonperishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 8: Evacuations from Thomas Fire extended in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties

16 Dec 2017 4:46 EST

Environment: Evacuations from Thomas Fire extended in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 16. Heed authorities.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 16 Dec 2017 21:44 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

The Thomas Fire continues to expand in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, even as firefighters make headway in containing it. As of Dec. 16, the fire had burned approximately 104,813 hectares (259,000 acres) and was 40-percent contained. Authorities issued additional voluntary evacuation orders early Dec. 16, covering much of Santa Barbara as winds caused new flare-ups. Authorities still expect full containment by Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Future wildfire growth is likely along the complex's western front. Personnel are focusing on structural defense and building containment lines above the Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito communities. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 structures, primarily residential buildings. The blaze is threatening an estimated 18,000 additional structures.

Evacuations

As of Dec. 16, the following mandatory Evacuation Orders are in effect:

  • Santa Barbara County: Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara County from east at Mission Canyon Road to west from SR-150, and north of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo. Carpinteria between Casitas Pass Road and Hwy 150, north of SR-192 is still under an evacuation order but has been repopulated to residents only with proper ID
  • City of Ventura: North of Foothill Road between Cobblestone Road and Kimball Road
  • Ventura County (North Coast Area): The area of Highway 150 between Santa Ana and Highway 192 is still under an evacuation order but is now accessible to residents only
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley
  • City of Fillmore: Zone bounded by Sespe Creek, Burson Ranch, Los Padres National Forest, and the Fillmore city limits

As of Dec. 16, Evacuation Warnings have now been issued for the following areas; if you are in these areas, be prepared to leave:

  • Carpinteria and Summerland: the entire communities
  • Montecito: between Highway 101 and State Route 192
  • City of Santa Barbara: the area bounded by W. Mission Street, S. Salinas Street, Highway 101, and Alameda Padre Serra
  • West of Santa Barbara City: North San Marcos Road to Highway 154 and north of Cathedral Oaks Road, to the intersection of Highway 154 and North San Marcos Road
  • Santa Barbara: The area bounded by Constance/Alameda Padre Serra/South Salinas on the north and east, Highway 101 on the south, and West Mission Street to State Street on the west; and all areas south of 101 to the coast and east of the Zoo to San Ysidro Road

Weather Forecast

Weather conditions will be favorable for rapid fire growth in Santa Barbara County through at least Dec. 17. A Red Flag warning is in effect at least through 2200 Dec. 16. Winds gusting up to 72 kph (45 mph) are likely, especially along exposed ridgetops. The National Weather Service could further extend the warning into Dec. 17.

The Thomas Fire formed pyrocumulus clouds Dec. 8-11, and has the potential to generate them anew; this is a dangerous situation because rising columns of hot air could collapse at any time and create unpredictable wind shifts in any direction. Pyrocumulus clouds can produce lightning - which can spark new fires - and have the ability to transport embers a significant distance away from the main wildfire complex.

Transport

As of Dec. 16, all major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were open. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-150 (between Ojai and Santa Paula), SR-154 (between the SR-246 junction and the SR-192 junction), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Officials could impose intermittent, short-notice road closures in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line. A closure of US 101 would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles-area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to quickly move to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and non-perishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 7: Firefighters continue to contain Thomas Fire

15 Dec 2017 15:17 EST

Environment: Crews continue to make containment progress with Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 15.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 15 Dec 2017 20:15 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Firefighters continue to make headway in containing the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. As of Dec. 15, the fire had burned approximately 102,193 hectares (252,500 acres) and was 35-percent contained. Authorities expect full containment by Jan. 7; however, the date could fluctuate depending on weather conditions. Future wildfire growth is expected along the complex's western front. Personnel are focusing on structural defense and building containment lines above the Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito communities. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed over 1,100 structures, primarily residential buildings. An estimated 18,000 additional structures are being threatened by the blaze.

Evacuations

As of Dec. 15, the following mandatory evacuation orders are in effect:

  • Santa Barbara County: Communities of Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara (east of Mission Canyon Road, west of SR-150, and north of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo)
  • City of Ventura: North of Foothill Road (between Cobblestone Road and Kimball Road)
  • Ventura County (North Coast Area): Zone bounded by Lake Casitas, Laguna Ridge Fire Road, US 101, Ventura County line, and Emma Wood State Beach
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley
  • City of Fillmore: Zone bounded by Sespe Creek, Burson Ranch, Los Padres National Forest, and the Fillmore city limits

Voluntary evacuation warnings are also in effect for Carpinteria and Summerland south of SR-192; Santa Barbara between SR-192 and South Salinas Street; and Montecito between US 101 and SR-192. Southern California Edison (SCE) reports that only 449 customers were without power due to the Thomas Fire as of late Dec. 14; crews are working to replace damaged power transmission infrastructure throughout the affected area.

Weather Forecast

Weather conditions will be favorable for rapid fire growth in Santa Barbara County through at least Dec. 17. A Red Flag warning was allowed to expire for the region the morning of Dec. 15; however, a separate warning will go into effect for the Santa Barbara County mountains between 0200-2200 Dec. 16. Winds gusting up to 64 kph (40 mph) are likely, especially along exposed ridgetops. The National Weather Service could further extend the warning into Dec. 17.

The Thomas Fire has also generated pyrocumulus clouds Dec. 8-11; this is a dangerous situation because rising columns of hot air could collapse at any time and create unpredictable wind shifts in any direction. Pyrocumulus clouds can produce lightning - which can spark new fires - and have the ability to transport embers a significant distance away from the main wildfire complex.

Transport

As of Dec. 15, all major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were open. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-150 (between Ojai and Santa Paula), SR-154 (between the SR-246 junction and the SR-192 junction), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Intermittent, short-notice road closures could be implemented in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line. A closure of US 101 would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles-area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to quickly move to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and non-perishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 6: Thomas Fire 25% contained; heed all evacuation orders

13 Dec 2017 13:17 EST

Environment: Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Calif., US, 25-percent contained as of Dec. 13. Heed all evacuation orders.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 13 Dec 2017 18:18 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California (map)
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

With a majority of the wildfires in Southern California under control as of Dec. 13, focus has shifted to containing the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Thomas Fire has been classified as one of the most destructive and largest blazes in California's history. As of early Dec. 13, the fire has burned an estimated 96,113 hectares (237,500 acres) and was 25-percent contained. The most active wildfire growth is expected to occur on the complex's western front. Crews are working to defend threatened structures and establish containment lines north of the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. Reports indicate that the fire has damaged or destroyed approximately 1,112 structures, primarily residential buildings. An estimated 18,000 additional structures are being threatened by the blaze.

Evacuations

At least 95,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders in the following areas:

  • Santa Barbara County: Communities of Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara (east of Mission Canyon Road, west of SR-150, and north of SR-192 to East Camino Cielo)
  • City of Ventura: North of Foothill Road (between Day Road and Kimball Road)
  • Ojai Area: Community of Casitas Springs
  • Ventura County (North Coast Area): Zone bounded by Highway 33, Casitas Vista Road, Highway 150, US 101, and Emma Wood State Beach
  • Ventura County (Unincorporated): Rose Valley; Matilija Canyon

Voluntary evacuation warnings are also in effect for Carpinteria and Summerland south of SR-192; Santa Barbara between SR-192 and South Salinas Street; and Montecito between US 101 and SR-192. The fire has destroyed major power transmission lines, and roughly 85,000 customers have been experiencing intermittent electricity outages in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Weather Forecast

Gusty winds and dry conditions continue to hamper firefighting efforts in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The National Weather Service has extended a Red Flag warning for Ventura County mountains and valleys through early Dec. 15; additional warnings have also been issued for the Los Angeles County mountains and Santa Carlita Valley. Santa Ana winds are forecast to gust up to 80 kph (50 mph), with the strongest winds expected late Dec. 14-Dec. 15. Such gusts could cause additional growth to the Thomas Fire, and possibly ignite new wildfire complexes throughout Southern California.

The Thomas Fire has also generated pyrocumulus clouds Dec. 8-11; this is a dangerous situation because rising columns of hot air could collapse at any time and create unpredictable wind shifts in any direction. Pyrocumulus clouds can produce lightning - which can spark new fires - and have the ability to transport embers a significant distance away from the main wildfire complex.

Transport

As of Dec. 13, all major highways in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were open. Some local roads are closed within the wildfire perimeter and mandatory evacuation zones, including SR-33 (between Fairview Road in Ojai to Lockwood Valley Road in Los Padres National Forest), SR-150 (between Ojai and Santa Paula), and SR-192 (between the SR-150 junction and Camino Viejo Road in Montecito). Intermittent, short-notice road closures could be implemented in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity, including along US 101 near the Santa Barbara/Ventura county line. A closure of US 101 would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfire has not affected flight operations at Los Angeles-area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above the complex to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Extractives

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of the Thomas Fire, and be prepared to quickly move to shelters or other safe locations if additional mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fire. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and non-perishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Thomas Fire Update (PDF): fire.ca.gov
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 5: Crews increase containment of Southern California, Evacuations persist in some areas

12 Dec 2017 12:49 EST

Environment: Crews increase containment of Southern California, US, fires Dec. 12. Evacuations persist in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Oceanside, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 12 Dec 2017 17:48 GMT and is scheduled to expire 13 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Wildfires
  • Affected Areas: Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego counties, California
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

While most major wildfires in Southern California have been largely controlled as of Dec. 12, the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties remains the largest and least-contained blaze. In total, the wildfire outbreak that began Dec. 4 has destroyed over 1,000 structures and forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents. Only one confirmed fatality occurred when a resident was involved in a vehicular crash while trying to evacuate. As of Dec. 12, over 93,000 people remain under mandatory evacuation orders due to the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

A red flag warning remains in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California through 2000 Dec. 13. While the Santa Ana winds have weakened from the peak strengths experienced Dec. 4-9, gusts of up to 64 kph (40 mph) will remain possible. The combination of gusty winds and low relative humidity levels will continue to hamper efforts to contain the Thomas Fire throughout the warning period, and likely longer. The Thomas Fire has also been generating pyrocumulus clouds since Dec. 8; this is a dangerous situation because rising columns of hot air could collapse at any time and create unpredictable wind shifts in any direction. Pyrocumulus clouds can produce lightning - which can spark new fires - and have the ability to transport embers a significant distance away from the main wildfire complex.

Thomas Fire (Dec. 12)
  • Affected Areas: Ventura, Santa Barbara counties
  • Size: 94,777 hectares (234,200 acres)
  • Containment: 20 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 4

As of Dec. 12, the Thomas Fire has damaged or destroyed an estimated 1,071 structures, including residential and commercial buildings. Mandatory evacuation orders include the northern portions of Carpinteria, Montecito, and eastern parts of the city of Santa Barbara; Voluntary evacuation warnings are also in effect for Carpinteria and Summerland south of SR-192; Santa Barbara between SR-192 and South Salinas Street; and Montecito between US-101 and SR-192. The fire has destroyed major power transmission lines, and roughly 87,000 customers have been experiencing intermittent electricity outages in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage to oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.

The following fires have been largely contained, and evacuations have been lifted:

Creek Fire (Dec. 12)
  • Affected Areas: Los Angeles County (Angeles National Forest, San Fernando Valley)
  • Size: 6,321 hectares (15,620 acres)
  • Containment: 98 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 5
Rye Fire (Dec. 12)
  • Affected Area: Los Angeles County (Santa Clarita Valley)
  • Size: 2,448 hectares (6,050 acres)
  • Containment: 96 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 5
Lilac Fire (Dec. 12)
  • Affected Area: San Diego County (Bonsall-Pala Mesa area)
  • Size: 1,659 hectares (4,100 acres)
  • Containment: 92 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 7
Skirball Fire (Dec. 12)
  • Affected Area: Los Angeles County (Sepulveda Pass, Bel Air)
  • Size: 171 hectares (422 acres)
  • Containment: 85 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 7

Transport

Many local roads are impassable within wildfire perimeters, and others could be closed due to firefighting and emergency response efforts. All major highways were open as of early Dec. 12, but US 101 could be closed on short notice near the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line. The closure of the highway would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

The wildfires have not affected flight operations at Los Angeles-area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above active fires to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.

Advice

Closely monitor the status of fires, and be prepared to quickly move to shelters or other safe locations if mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fires. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through areas with active fire, especially Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and non-perishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources

Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Los Angeles Fire Department Alerts: www.lafd.org/alerts
Calfire: www.fire.ca.gov
InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

Related Advice: Health Effects of Smoke Exposure.
Related Advice: Personal safety before and during wildfires.

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Update 4: Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara County

11 Dec 2017 03:12 EST

Environment: Thomas Fire undergoes rapid growth in southern California, US, Dec. 10. Evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara County.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Ontario, California
  • Oceanside, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
  • Santa Maria, California
  • San Bernardino, California

This alert began 11 Dec 2017 08:06 GMT and is scheduled to expire 12 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Wildfires
  • Affected Areas: Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego counties, California
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; extensive property damage

Interactive map of Southern California wildfires

Click on above image for interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

A red flag warning remains in effect for Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California through 2000 PST Dec. 11. Critical fire conditions will continue since relative humidity levels remain very low and high winds are expected. Strong Santa Ana winds caused the Thomas Fire to undergo explosive growth in Ventura County on Dec. 10. The fire was 15-percent contained in the morning, but the fire expanded rapidly and was only 10-percent contained by the end of the day. The fire has been generating its own pyrocumulus clouds since Dec. 8; this is a dangerous situation because rising columns of hot air could collapse at any time and create unpredictable wind shifts in any direction.

By the end of Dec. 10, the Thomas Fire had burned about 93,077 hectares (230,000 acres) and destroyed more than 840 structures. The fire is now threatening Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. Mandatory evacuation orders have been expanded to Carpinteria, Montecito, Summerland, and eastern parts of the city of Santa Barbara. The fire has destroyed major transmission lines, and roughly 80,000 customers have been experiencing intermittent power outages in Santa Barbara County.

The wildfires have not affected flight operations at Los Angeles-area airports, but air traffic has been prohibited below FL010 above active fires to facilitate a safe environment for aerial firefighting efforts.
 

Thomas Fire
  • Affected Areas: Ventura, Santa Barbara counties
  • Size: 93,077 hectares (230,000 acres)
  • Containment: 10 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Note: Mandatory evacuations extended to portions of Santa Barbara County Dec. 10. Route 150 closed from Santa Paula-Ojai and Route 192-Santa Ana Road.

In addition to destroying hundreds of homes, the Thomas Fire has caused extensive damage at oil and gas fields in Ventura County. Operators have not released information about the extent of damage to specific installations, but the Thomas Fire has burned areas where numerous wellheads, storage tanks, and waterflood, wastewater, compression, transmission, and loading and offloading facilities are located at the Ventura, San Miguelito, and Rincon fields. The fire has also damaged several smaller fields near Ojai. The fire perimeter has also expanded westward to the DCOR Rincon, PACOPS La Conchita, and the Venoco Carpinteria processing facilities. If these plants are damaged or destroyed, oil and gas cannot be transferred onshore from platforms A, B, C, Gail, Grace, Habitat, Henry, Hillhouse, Hogan, and Houchin in the eastern Santa Barbara Basin. The fire has most likely compromised pipelines in Ventura County, which could significantly affect crude deliveries to refineries in Los Angeles County.
 

Creek Fire
  • Affected Areas: Los Angeles County (Angeles National Forest, San Fernando Valley)
  • Size: 6,321 hectares (15,620 acres)
  • Containment: 90 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 5
  • Note: All evacuation orders and warnings lifted
Rye Fire
  • Affected Area: Los Angeles County (Santa Clarita Valley)
  • Size: 2,448 hectares (6,050 acres)
  • Containment: 90 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 5
Lilac Fire
  • Affected Area: San Diego County (Bonsall-Pala Mesa area)
  • Size: 1,659 hectares (4,100 acres)
  • Containment: 60 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 7
Skirball Fire
  • Affected Area: Los Angeles County (Sepulveda Pass, Bel Air)
  • Size: 171 hectares (422 acres)
  • Containment: 75 percent
  • Start Date: Dec. 7
  • Note: All road closures lifted

Transport
Many local roads are impassable within wildfire perimeters, and others could be closed due to firefighting and emergency response efforts. All major highways were open as of late Dec. 10, but US 101 could be closed on short notice near the Ventura/Santa Barbara county line. The closure of the highway would cause major transport and logistics disruptions, as it is the only direct highway link between Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles. The shortest alternative route between the two cities is roughly 245 km (150 miles) longer through Kern County.

Advice
Closely monitor the status of fires, and be prepared to quickly move to shelters or other safe locations if mandatory evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fires. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through areas with active fire, especially Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Fuel vehicles, obtain emergency cash, charge battery-powered devices while electricity is available; stockpile water and non-perishable food due to expected power problems.

Resources
Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
County of Santa Barbara: www.CountyofSB.org
Los Angeles Fire Department Alerts: www.lafd.org/alerts
Calfire: www.fire.ca.gov
InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
Southern California Edison: www.sce.com

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Update 3: State of Emergency Declared in California

8 Dec 2017 15:02 EST

Environment: State of emergency declared in Calif., US, Dec. 8. Crews fighting wildfires in multiple counties. Obey evacuation orders.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Oceanside, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 08 Dec 2017 19:58 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires
  • Location: Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties, California
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

Interactive map of Southern California wildfires

Click on above image for interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Crews continue battling wildfires in Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties that ignited Dec. 4-7. US President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency in California Dec. 8 due to the magnitude of the blazes; the declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate relief efforts in the area. So far, an estimated 190,000 people have evacuated. Low levels of humidity over dry terrain coupled with strong Santa Ana winds - forecast to last at least through Dec. 9 - continue to hamper containment efforts. San Diego, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties are under a red flag warning until 2000 Dec. 10. Forecasters predict strong wind gusts of between 40-56 kph (25-35 mph) for Dec. 8; wind gusts of between 56-72 kph (35-45 mph) are forecast by Dec. 10.

As of early Dec. 8, the fires have burned over 60,000 hectares (150,000 acres) of land. Officials said around 200 structures had been destroyed, but the actual number of destroyed buildings is likely far greater. Unofficial local media reports put the number at more than 400. The number of destroyed structures reported by the government is likely to increase as damage assessments continue. At least 11,000 customers were without electricity as of the morning of Dec. 8, an increase of more than 1,000 since the evening of Dec. 7. More power outages are likely in coming days as fires threaten nearby power lines.

Crews are focusing their efforts on five fires of note:

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire started late Dec. 4 north of the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County and remains the largest fire in the affected area. As of early Dec. 8, it had burned 53,419 hectares (132,000 acres), and containment efforts reached 10 percent. According to official data, the blaze has destroyed at least 91 structures and damaged 15 more, but the actual number of damaged and destroyed buildings is likely far higher. The Thomas Fire is threatening an estimated 15,000 additional structures. More than 2,500 personnel are working to contain the blaze. Over 27,000 residents have been forced to evacuate, with the following areas under mandatory evacuation orders:

  • Casitas Springs: Entire community evacuated to Ventura County Fairgrounds
  • East Ojai Valley: Carne Road eastward to Koenigstein Road; State Route 150 northward to Thacher Road
  • Fillmore: Westward of Hall Road; Sespe Creek to the East; Fillmore City boundaries to the south; limits of Los Padres National Forest to the north
  • Lake Casitas: Northward of Highway 150 toward Highway 33 and southward of Los Padres National Forest
  • Meiners Oaks: Northward of East El Roblar betweene Rice Road and Highway 33
  • Oak View: Area bounded by Highway 33 eastward to Creek Road; Creak Road northward to Fairview Road
  • Ojai: Casitas pass road eastward to Rice Road; Balwin Road to north of Matilija Canyon (including Burnham Road North to Baldwin Road)
  • Santa Paula: Say Road northward to Thomas Aquinas College; Dickenson Ranch Road eastward to Santa Paula Creek; Monte Vista Street northward to the Santa Paula city limits; northward from Foothill Road between Steckel Road and Peck Road; northward from Foothill Road between Peck Road and Wells Road; Wheeler Canyon; Aliso Canyon; Rancho Vista
  • Upper Ojai Valley: Highway 150 between Dennison Grade eastward to Osborne Road (including all residences to the north)
  • Ventura City: Teloma westward to Brent Street; Telegraph Road northward to north of Foothill Road; Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road; Victoria Road eastward to Hill Road; North Ashwood Avenue eastward to Hill Road; Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road; North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street; North of Main Street between Seward Avenue and Highway 33 (including the entire Ventura Avenue area)
  • Ventura County: Rose Valley (mandatory evacuation for residents and day visitors); area bounded by Highway 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road; northwest to Highway 150; Highway 150 (Casitas Pass Road) westward to US 101 and south on US 101 (includes Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach

A 2200-0500 curfew is in effect in Ventura County and will remain active until the officials lift the state of emergency. Additional evacuation orders could be imposed.

Creek Fire

Crews continue making strides toward containing the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. The blaze started around 0400 Dec. 5 near Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest. As of the morning of Dec. 8, the fire has burned approximately 6,201 hectares (15,323 acres) and was 40-percent contained. Firefighter presence on site has increased to about 2,295, up from 1,700 firefighters Dec. 7. About 15 buildings have been destroyed by the blaze; around 15 others have been damaged.

Due to the progress made, all evacuation orders have been lifted with the exception of Limeklin Canyon. Shadow Hills, and the area north of Sunland Boulevard along with Ebey Canyon and Doane Canyon, are open to residents only.

Lilac Fire

The Lilac Fire was detected in Bosnall in San Diego County at about 1115 Dec. 7. As of the morning of Dec. 8, around (4,100 acres) had been burned, and 65 structures had been destroyed. Authorities have yet to release containment information for the Lilac Fire. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for West Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School, southward of Burma Road, eastward of Wilshire, northward of North River Road, westward of South Mission Avenue, southward of Renche Road, westward of the I-15 Freeway, eastward of Green Canyon Road and South Mission Road, and northward of Highway 76.

Rye Fire

The Rye Fire in Los Angeles County was detected Dec. 5 in Santa Clarita. As of early Dec. 8, it has burned 2,448 hectares (6,049 acres) and was about 35-percent contained. One structure was destroyed, while over 5,000 others are threatened by the blaze. About 900 personnel are fighting the fire; officials have not issued any mandatory evacuation orders.

Skirball Fire

The Skirball Fire in Los Angeles County was detected in the Sepulveda Pass near Mulholland Drive shortly before 0500 Dec. 6. The fire is estimated to be approximately 192 hectares (475 acres) as of the evening of Dec. 7. Over 600 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel are working to extinguish the blaze, which is 30-percent contained. Six structures have been destroyed in the fire; 12 have been damaged.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents in an area bounded by Mulholland Drive, I-405, Sunset Boulevard, and Roscomare Road. Nearby residents are being urged to prepare to leave on short notice.

Transport

The wildfires are contributing to ground transport disruptions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The following major roads have experienced disruptions:

  • State Route 33 (Ventura County): Highway closed from about three miles north of Ojai at Fairview Road to Lockwood Valley Road (Los Padres National Forest)
  • State Route 150 (Ventura County): Highway closed between Reeves Road (Ojai) to Stonegate Road (Santa Paula)
  • State Route 150 (Ventura County): Highway closed between Santa Ana Road (Lake Casitas) and Route 192 (near Carpinteria)
  • Highway 101 (Ventura County): Highway reopened after briefly being closed to all traffic on the morning of Dec. 7. Intermittent closures possible as of Dec. 8.

Intermittent, short-notice road closures could be implemented in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity. An increased number of traffic accidents may continue to affect the area as a result of motorists being distracted by roadside fires and experiencing very low visibility due to blowing smoke.

The fires have not significantly affected operations at nearby airports; however, reduced visibility from smoke could lead to flight disruptions at these facilities, depending on wind conditions.

Electricity

The fires have damaged portions of the electrical grid, causing blackouts. Southern California Edison, which provides much of the electricity across the affected region, said that as of the early morning of Dec. 8, approximately 11,000 customers were without power. The company warned that it may have to shut off service to many more customers as a safety precaution if the fires continue to threaten grid infrastructure.

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Be prepared to leave quickly if new evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through the area. Residents outside mandatory evacuation zones should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fires. Confirm flights.

Resources

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United States - Wildfires in LA, Ventura County, California
Analysis and Preparedness Updates

Update 2: Recovery Efforts Ongoing Across Region

7 Dec 2017 15:02 EST

Environment: Crews continue to fight multiple wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calif., US, Dec. 7. Heed all evacuation orders.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 07 Dec 2017 19:58 GMT and is scheduled to expire 09 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

California Wildfire Update, December 7, 2017

Click on above image for interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Firefighters continue to battle several rapidly spreading wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California that ignited Dec. 4-7. Thousands of residents have evacuated, and California Governor Jerry Brown has issued state of emergency declarations for both counties. Strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels over dry terrain continue to hamper containment efforts. As of early Dec. 7, over 46,976 hectares (116,080 acres) have burned, and well over 100 structures have been destroyed. At least 8,800 customers are without electricity. Additional power outages are likely in the coming days as fires threaten nearby power lines.

Officials have provided no estimates as to when firefighters will be able to bring the various fires under control. The National Weather Service maintains Red Flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties at least through 2000 Dec. 8. Strong wind gusts of between 80-113 kph (50-70 mph) are forecast to persist through Dec. 7. The warnings could be further extended as conditions favorable for fires are forecast to continue through at least Dec. 11.

Firefighters are focusing on four fires of note:

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire, which ignited late Dec. 4 north of the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County, remains the largest fire in the affected area. As of early Dec. 7, the blaze had burned 38,850 hectares (96,000 acres) and is only 5 percent contained. At least 150 structures have been destroyed; however, the actual number of lost structures is probably higher. An estimated 15,000 additional structures are being threatened by the blaze, which has advanced across US 101 toward Solimar Beach. More than 2,500 personnel are on site working to contain the blaze. More than 27,000 residents have been forced to evacuate, with the following areas under mandatory evacuation orders:

  • Santa Paula: Say Road northward to Thomas Aquinas College; Dickenson Ranch Road eastward to Santa Paula Creek; Monte Vista Street northward to the Santa Paula city limits; northward from Foothill Road between Peck Road and Wells Road; Wheeler Canyon; Aliso Canyon; Rancho Vista
  • Ventura: Teloma eastward to Brent Street; Telegraph Road northward to north of Foothill Road; North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street; Victoria Road eastward to Hill Road; North Ashwood Avenue eastward to Hill Road; North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street; North of Main Street between Seward Avenue and Highway 33 (including the entire Ventura Avenue area)
  • Oakview: Area bounded by Highway 33, Creek Road, and Hermosa Road
  • Casitas Springs: Entire community evacuated to Ventura County Fairgrounds
  • East Ojai Valley: Carne Road eastward to McAndrew Road; Reeves Road northward to Thacher Road
  • Upper Ojai Valley: Highway 150 between Dennison Grade eastward to Osborne Road (including all residences to the north)
  • Ventura County North Coast Area: Boundary of Highway 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Highway 150, Highway 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101

The Vista Del Mar Hospital, a mental health institution, was severely damaged shortly after patients were evacuated to other medical facilities in Los Angeles. Officials have also closed multiple public schools and local college campuses in the area. Additional evacuation orders could be imposed.

Creek Fire

Crews have made some progress in containing the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. The blaze ignited around 0400 Dec. 5 near Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest. As of the morning of Dec. 7, the fire has burned approximately 5,101 hectares (12,605 acres) and is 10-percent contained. Approximately 1,700 firefighters are on site. Some structures in Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon have reportedly been damaged, and at least 15 have been destroyed.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for thousands of residents north of I-210 between Glenoaks Boulevard and Haines Canyon Avenue. South of I-210, the area west of Sunland/Stonehurst and north of La Tuna Canyon Road is also under an evacuation order. The evacuation zone includes portions of the communities of Kagel Canyon, Lakeview Terrace, Lopez Canyon, Pacoima, Shadow Hills, Sunland, and Sylmar. The Los Angeles Fire Department is urging individuals living in areas bordering the evacuation zone to be prepared to leave on short notice.

Skirball Fire

The Skirball Fire was detected in the Sepulveda Pass near Mulholland Drive shortly before 0500 Dec. 6. The fire is estimated to be approximately 192 hectares (475 acres) as of the morning of Dec. 7. Over 400 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel are working to extinguish the blaze, which is 5-percent contained. Four structures have been destroyed in the fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents in an area bounded by Mulholland Drive, I-405, Sunset Boulevard, and Roscomare Road. Nearby residents are being urged to prepare to leave on short notice.

Rye Fire

The Rye Fire was detected on Dec. 5 in Santa Clarita. As of early Dec. 7, it has burned 2,833 hectares (7,000 acres), destroying at least one structure. More than 900 personnel are fighting the fire, which is 15-percent contained. Officials have not issued any mandatory evacuation orders but have asked that residents of the Westridge area leave their homes and have warned that forecasted strong winds could cause the fire to grow rapidly.

Transport

The wildfires are contributing to ground transport disruptions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The following major roads have experienced disruptions:

  • State Route 150 (Ventura County): Highway closed between Reeves Road (Ojai) to Stonegate Road (Santa Paula)
  • I-405 (Los Angeles County): The Skirball Fire has prompted the closure of northbound lanes between I-10 and US 101; southbound lanes are open, but subject to disruptions due to erratic fire behavior
  • Highway 101 (Ventura County): Highway reopened after briefly being closed to all traffic on the morning of Dec. 7. Officials ask that travelers avoid the highway if possible.
  • I-5 (Los Angeles County): Highway reopened. However, the Rye Fire is burning on both sides of the highway near Santa Clarita, making future closures possible.

Numerous secondary and rural roads within wildfire perimeters and mandatory evacuation zones are also experiencing closures and detours. All I-210 lanes that were closed Dec. 5 have reopened, and intermittent, short-notice road closures could be implemented in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity. Media reports indicate an increase in traffic accidents as a result of motorists being distracted by roadside fires and experiencing very low visibility due to blowing smoke.

The fires have not significantly affected operations at nearby airports; however, reduced visibility from smoke could lead to flight disruptions at these facilities, depending on wind conditions.

Electricity

The fires have damaged portions of the electrical grid, causing blackouts. Southern California Edison, which provides much of the electricity across the affected region, said that as of 0430 Dec. 7, approximately 8,800 customers were without power. The company warned that it may have to shut off service to many more customers as a safety precaution if the fires continue to threaten grid infrastructure.

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Be prepared to leave quickly if new evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through the area. Residents outside mandatory evacuation zones should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fires. Confirm flights.

Resources

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Update 1: Recovery Efforts Ongoing Across Region

6 Dec 2017 15:24 EST

Environment: Crews continue to fight multiple wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, Calf., US, Dec. 6. Heed all evacuation orders.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Burbank, California
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California

This alert began 06 Dec 2017 20:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 08 Dec 2017 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Wildfires
  • Location: Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, California
  • Start Date: Dec. 4
  • Impact: Evacuations; highway closures; transport disruptions; power outages; property damage

Click on above image for interactive map to view wildfire affected areas, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Firefighters continue to battle several wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California that ignited Dec. 4-6. Thousands of residents have been evacuated, and California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued state of emergency declarations for both counties. Strong Santa Ana winds led to explosive fire growth over dry terrain, and low humidity levels and wind gusts are hampering containment efforts. As of early Dec. 6, over 30,756 hectares (76,000 acres) of land have burned, and dozens of structures have been destroyed. As of the evening Dec. 5, an estimated 43,000 customers are without electricity. Additional power outages are likely in the coming days as fires are threatening power transmission networks.

Officials have provided no estimates as to when the various fires will be brought under control. The National Weather Service maintains Red Flag warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through 2000 Dec. 8. The combination of low humidity and strong Santa Ana winds could promote rapid fire growth. Strong wind gusts of between 80-113 kph (50-70 mph) are forecast to resume by the evening of Dec. 6 and persist into at least Dec. 7. The warning could be further extended as elevated fire conditions are forecast to continue through at least Dec. 11. Firefighters are focusing on three fires of note:

Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire, which ignited late Dec. 4 north of the city of Santa Paula in Ventura County, remains the largest fire in the affected area. As of early Dec. 6, the blaze had burned 26,305 hectares (65,000 acres) and remains 0-percent contained. At least 150 structures have been destroyed; however, the actual number of lost structures is probably higher. An estimated 12,000 additional structures are being threatened by the blaze, which has advanced across US 101 toward Solimar Beach. At least 1,700 personnel are on site working to contain the blaze. Over 27,000 residents have been forced to evacuate; the following areas remain under mandatory evacuation orders:

  • Santa Paula: Say Road northward to Thomas Aquinas College; Dickenson Ranch Road eastward to Santa Paula Creek; Monte Vista Street northward to the Santa Paula city limits; Foothill Road between Steckel to Peck Road to north of Santa Paula city limits; North of Foothill Road between Peck Road to north of Santa Paula city limits; Wheeler Canyon; Aliso Canyon; Rancho Vista
  • Ventura: Teloma eastward to Brent Street; Telegraph Road northward to north of Foothill Road; North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street; Victoria Road eastward to Hill Road; North Ashwood Avenue eastward to Hill Road; North of Main Street between Seward Avenue and Hwy 33 (including entire Ventura Avenue area)
  • Oakview: Area bounded by Highway 33, Creek Road, and Hermosa Road
  • Casitas Springs: Entire community evacuated to Ventura County Fairgrounds
  • Ventura County: Area bounded by Hwy 33 to Casitas Vista Road, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) to US 101, and US 101 to Emma Wood State Beach
  • East Ojai Valley: Carne Road eastward to McAndrew Road; Reeves Road northward to Thacher Road
  • Upper Ojai Valley: Highway 150 between Dennison Grade eastward to Osborne Road (including all residences to the north)

Authorities evacuated the Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura and transported patients to medical facilities in Los Angeles. Officials have also closed multiple public schools and local college campuses in the area. Additional evacuation orders could be imposed with little warning.

Creek Fire

Crews have made little progress in containing the Creek Fire in Los Angeles County. The blaze ignited around 0400 Dec. 5 near Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest. As of the morning of Dec. 6, the fire has burned approximately 4,604 hectares (11,377 acres) and remains 0-percent contained. Over 700 firefighters are on site. Some structural damage has been reported in Kagel Canyon and Lopez Canyon. At least 30 structures have been destroyed, although there were no reported fatalities as of midday Dec. 5.

Mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for thousands of residents north of I-210 between Lowell Avenue and Glenoaks Boulevard. Fire activity in the Shadow Hills area has also prompted the evacuation of an area bounded by Sunland Boulevard, Wheatland Avenue, and Wentworth Street. The Los Angeles Fire Department is urging individuals living in areas bordering the evacuation zone to be prepared to leave on short notice.

Skirball Fire

The Skirball Fire was detected in the Sepulveda Pass near Mulholland Drive shortly before 0500 Dec. 6. While the fire is only estimated to be approximately 20 hectares (50 acres) as of the morning, strong winds are causing the fire to spread uphill. Over 220 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel are on site working to extinguish the blaze, which is 0-percent contained.

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for residents in an area bounded by Mulholland Drive, I-405, Sunset Boulevard, and Roscomare Road. Nearby residents are being urged to prepare to leave on short notice.

Transport

The wildfires are contributing to ground transport disruptions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. As of early Dec. 6, the following highways were closed:

  • I-405 (Los Angeles County): Skirball Fire has prompted the closure of northbound lanes between I-10 and US 101; southbound lanes are open, but subject to disruptions due to erratic fire behavior
  • State Route 150 (Ventura County): Highway closed between Reeves Road (Ojai) to Stonegate Road (Santa Paula)

Other secondary and rural roads within wildfire perimeters and mandatory evacuation zones are also likely experiencing closures and detours. All I-210 lanes that were closed Dec. 5 have reopened, and US 101 is operating normally despite nearby fire activity. Intermittent, short-notice road closures could be implemented in the coming days due to fire and emergency response activity. The fires have not significantly affected operations at major nearby airports; however, reduced visibility from smoke could lead to flight disruptions at nearby facilities, depending on wind conditions.

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Be prepared to leave residence quickly if new evacuation orders are issued. Collect essential items - including identification and important legal documents - in a "go-bag" that can be easily accessed. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving or routing shipments through the area. Residents outside mandatory evacuation zones should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to minimize exposure to smoke in areas downwind of the fires. Confirm flights.

Resources

Ventura County Office of Emergency Services: www.readyventuracounty.org
Ventura County Evacuation Map: cdfdata.fire.ca.gov
Los Angeles Fire Department Alerts: www.lafd.org/alerts
Calfire: www.fire.ca.gov
InciWeb: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Caltrans: quickmap.dot.ca.gov
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org

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California Wildfires - Analysis and Precautions

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