Thomas Fire Information and Updates


For information on evacuation or transportation please call the
Thomas Fire Information Line (805) 681-5542 or text (805) 729-6538

View the Cumulative summary of mandatory evacuations

This page was last updated on 12/17/2017 6:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Notices

12/17/17 2:00 p.m. THOMAS FIRE: Residents Permitted to Re-enter Some Areas of Carpinteria

Evacuation Orders have been lifted for the following areas:

  • North of SR 192 (Foothill Road) to the southern boundary of the Los Padres national Forest in between Cravens Lane and Casitas Pass Road. The evacuation order remains in place inside the Los Padres National Forest, and
  • North of SR 192 (Foothill Road) to East Camino Cielo in between Casitas Pass Road and the Santa Barbara/Ventura County Line, and
  • North of Hwy 101 and south of SR 192 (Foothill Road) in between Cravens Lane and Casitas Pass Road.

For questions, please call the Thomas Fire Information Help Line at 681-5542.

Evacuation Orders

If a Mandatory Evacuation (Order) is issued, you are advised to leave the area immediately. Emergency response personnel may not be able to assist you if you choose to remain. In addition, your presence in the area may hinder emergency response. The mandatory evacuation area will be patrolled by law enforcement personnel.

Unless otherwise noted, all evacuations listed are current as of 12-17-17 8:00 a.m.

The mandatory evacuation orders for Santa Barbara County issued by the Sheriff's Department during the morning of December 16, 2017 include

  • All areas east of Highway 154, south of East Camino Cielo, west of Toro Canyon and north of Highway 101 at Toro Canyon to South Salinas then north of Alameda Padre Serra and to Highway 192 west to 154.
  • The previous evacuation order for the area east of Toro Canyon to Casitas Pass Road north of Highway 192 and south of East Camino Cielo remains in effect. Residents should leave immediately.
Cumulative summary of mandatory evacuations

Evacuation Warnings

A Voluntary Evacuation (Warning) means there is a potential threat to life and property from the fire, but does not generally require leaving immediately. People in the Voluntary Evacuation (Warning) Area should make preparations should a mandatory evacuation order be issued. If you live in a voluntary evacuation zone, you should be prepared to leave immediately upon receiving instructions to do so. You may receive these instructions with very little notice. People with access and functional needs should consider leaving now. Consideration of evacuating large animals now may be prudent.

Unless otherwise noted, all evacuations listed are current as of 12-17-17 8:00 a.m.

The current voluntary evacuation warnings for Santa Barbara County issued by the Sheriff's Department include the following areas:

  • Painted Cave community includes the area north of Hwy 154 and south of East Camino Cielo along Painted Cave Road. If you are in this area, be prepared to leave.
  • East of and including North San Marcos Road to Highway 154, north of Cathedral Oaks and south of the intersection of Highway 154 and N. San Marcos Road (near top of San Marcos Pass).
  • South of Highway 192, west of N. San Marcos Road, north of State Street, and east of Nomad Village/San Vicente Mobile Home Park, including La Cumbre Road and Hope Avenue south of State Street to Highway 101.
  • East of Mission Street/Los Olivos, north of Highway 101 and south of Salinas/Alameda Padre Serra.
  • In the Montecito area, south of 101 to the ocean and east of the Zoo/Ninos Drive to Eucalyptus Lane
cumulative summary of voluntary evacuations

Evacuations for Ventura County

A complete list of Ventura County evacuations and road closures may be found at:

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Areas may be viewed on the County Interactive Map

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Road Closures


  • State Route 192 at State Route 150
  • State Route 192 at Casitas Pass Road
  • State Route 150 at Gobernador Canyon
  • State Route 192 at Santa Monica Road
  • State Route 192 at Cravens Lane (Westbound only)
  • State Route 192 at La Mirada (No northbound)
  • State Route 192 (Foothill) Toro Canyon Road (Lower)
  • Villa Real at N. Padaro
  • Sheffield Drive at Ortega Hill
  • Hot Springs at Coast Village
  • San Ysidro at Jameson
  • Olive Mill at Coast Village
  • State Route 192 at Mission Canyon


  • US-101 N/B at Padaro Lane/Santa Claus Lane
  • US-101 N/B at Evans Street
  • US-101 N/B at Sheffield Drive
  • US-101 N/B at San Ysidro Road
  • US-101 N/B at Olive Mill Road
  • US-101 N/B at Hermosillo Road
  • US-101 N/B at Cabrillo Boulevard


  • US-101 S/B at North Padaro Lane
  • US-101 S/B at Summerland
  • US-101 S/B at Sheffield Drive
  • US-101 S/B at San Ysidro Road
  • US-101 S/B at Olive Mill Road
  • US-101 S/B at Hot Springs Road
  • US-101 S/B at Los Patos Road


  • State Route 154 at Old S. Marcos Pass/P. Cave Road
  • State Route 154 at East Camino Cielo
  • State Route 154 will be closed Monday 5am to 9am

Also see the Public Works Road Closure Map for additional information.

School Closures

All schools closed for the winter holiday with most returning on January 2.

Summary Fire Information

The following information includes activity in both Santa Barbara and Ventura County:

  • Total Acreage: 270,000
  • Containment: 45%

See the current Incident Summary for additional information.

See the Fire History Map.

See the latest Fire Progression Map.

Thomas Fire Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County

An evacuation shelter has been set up at:

University of California, Santa Barbara Recreation Center
516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, 93106

Evacuees should enter UCSB through the main east entrance, park in parking lot 16. Staff will guide you to the Center.

Directions to UCSB from NB Hwy 101: Follow signs for US-101 north through Santa Barbara. At exit 104B, take ramp right for CA-217 toward Santa Barbara Airport/UCSB. Road name changes to North CA-217/Ward Memorial Blvd. At the roundabout, take the first right onto Mesa Road, and left on Ocean Road. Lot 16 is on the left, across the street from the Recreation Center

Animal Evacuation Information

For assistance with evacuation of large animals, livestock or small pets, please call Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.

Space available:

  • Earl Warren Showgrounds
  • Animal Services Shelter
  • El Capitan

No space available:

  • Santa Barbara Humane Society

Air Quality

Due to continued unhealthy air conditions resulting from the Thomas Fire, free N-95 masks will be distributed as part of a coordinated effort of the Santa Barbara Medical Reserve Corps, City of Carpinteria CERT, City of Lompoc CERT, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, CAL OES, and Direct Relief. The sites that will distribute on Thursday, December 14th are listed here.

Monitoring stations continue to record unhealthy air in Santa Barbara County, with levels of fine particles high and levels of larger particles, including ash particles, rising. Forecasts show that smoke and ash will continue to affect the southern part of Santa Barbara County for the next several days, and the Santa Ynez Valley and the northern parts of the County will see increasing impacts. The Air Quality Warning will remain in effect until conditions improve, which will depend on winds, and the control of the Thomas Fire. View the smoke forecast and current conditions . Updated forecasts will be posted there. Please assume the Santa Barbara air quality index applies to Carpinteria as well. Air quality conditions may be worse close to the fire.

Thomas Fire related information on the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) website

View full report

The complete and most up to date sites that will distribute free N-95 masks are listed HERE.

Please see the following information on staying safe in unhealthy air and cleaning up ash.

Thomas Fire Preliminary Ash Management Plan English | Spanish

We recommend that everyone:

  • Stay indoors, with windows closed and indoor circulation only. Air conditioning is also an option if the outside intake is closed. Avoid going outdoors. Particles can build up indoors, so if you are feeling symptoms where you are, be prepared to relocate to an indoor location with better ventilation, or to leave the area.
  • Avoid driving when possible and use "recycle" or re-circulate mode to avoid drawing smoky air into the car.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep respiratory membranes moist.
  • For people who have to be outdoors for short periods of time, N95 masks, when fitted properly, offer some protection from fine particles in smoke. For updated lists of distribution sites, visit

If cleaning up ash, remember the following:

  • Avoid cleaning up ash until conditions improve and it's safe to be outdoors. No one with heart or lung conditions should handle ash clean-up. Avoid any skin contact with ash.
  • Avoid doing any activities that will stir up ash, such as using leafblowers.
  • If you need to clean up ash, use damp cloths and spray areas lightly with water.
  • Use vacuums with HEPA filters, and sweep gently with a broom.
  • Take your car to the car wash
  • Wash off toys that have been outside in the ash; clean ash off pets
  • Use a high-quality shop/industrial vacuum outfitted with a high-efficiency particulate filter and a disposable collection filter bag. Ash can be bagged and put into trash cans, so it will not be stirred up again into the air. Special attachments can be used to clean ash from gutters, so that it will not blow back over outdoor spaces. Attachments and disposable bags are available from most hardware stores.

Food Distribution

The following locations will be distributing food from Monday Dec 18 to Friday Dec 22 to anyone who asks for assistance. There is no paperwork involved.
More Details

  • Foodbank warehouse, from 1 pm to 3 pm at 4554 Hollister Ave., 93110 (next to Page Youth Center)
  • Foodbank offices, from 12 pm to 2 pm at 1525 State St., 93101
  • Franklin Neighborhood Center, from 12:30 pm to 2 pm at 1136 E. Montecito St., 93103
  • Westside Boys & Girls Club, from 12 pm to 2 pm at 602 W. Anapamu St., 93101
  • Saint Joseph Church, from 12 pm to 2 pm at 1500 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, 93013
  • THURS DEC 21 ONLY: Isla Vista Youth Projects from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at 970 Embarcadero del Mar, 93117
  • THURS DEC 21 ONLY: Catholic Charities beginning at 3 pm at St. Mark's Parish, 6550 Picasso Rd, 93117

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