Thomas Fire Information and Updates


This page was last updated on 12/13/2017 8:00 p.m.

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Notices

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 12-13-17 2:00 p.m.

  • North of Highway 192 to East Camino Cielo between Highway 150 and Mission Canyon Road.
  • Hot Springs Road to Buena Vista Road, from Highway 192 north to East Camino Cielo
  • Buena Vista east to the County line and north of Highway 192 (E. Valley Road), to include the 900 block of Park Lane east.
  • Carpinteria area East of Toro Canyon Rd. East to HWY 150, North of Hwy 192 to Camino Cielo.
  • Carpinteria area East of intersection of Casitas Pass Rd & Hwy 192, North of Hwy 192, & West of the county line.
  • SR-192 north to E.Camino Cielo between Toro Canyon Rd and Linden Ave.
  • Shepherd Mesa, Gobernador Canyon.

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 12-13-17 5:00 p.m.

  • Above (North of) Highway 192 between Mission Canyon and Highway 154, South of E. Camino Cielo
  • South of Highway 192, east of Mission Canyon, west of Hot Springs, north of APS, Salinas Street and Highway 101 to Hot Springs
  • East of Hot Springs, South of Highway 192 to the ocean, West of Padaro Lane

Evacuations Lifted for Portions of Ventura County

The mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted south of US 101- to the ocean, between Santa Barbara/Ventura County line and SR-33

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

  • Starting tomorrow, 12/14/17, the highway 154 will be closed from 5:00 am to 9:00 am, for the foreseeable future.
    State Route 154 will be fully closed from Cathedral Oaks Road/State Route 192 in Santa Barbara to Highway 246 on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5 am until 9 am.
  • Linden Avenue and Highway 192
  • Santa Monica Road and Highway 192
  • Cravens Lane and Highway 192
  • Nidever Road and Highway 192
  • Toro Canyon Road at Highway 192 and at Ladera Lane
  • Highway 192 and Highway 150
  • Highway 192 and Casitas Pass Road
  • Highway 150 at Via Real
  • Highway 150 and Gobernador Canyon Road

Soft Closures:

  • Gibraltar Road from City Limits to East Camino Cielo
  • E. Camino Cielo from Highway 154 East to Gibraltar
  • Painted Cave from Highway 154 East to East Camino Cielo

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

School Closures

Closed through 12/15:

All South County School Districts:

  • Carpinteria Unified School District
  • Montecito Union School District
  • Cold Spring School District
  • Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Hope Elementary School District
  • Goleta Union School District
  • Ballard Elementary School
  • Buellton
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Los Olivos
  • Solvang
  • Vista Del Mar
  • Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
  • Lompoc Unified School District
  • Los Robles High School (Los Prietos Boys Camp)

Open Today:

  • Santa Maria Bonita School District
  • Santa Maria Joint Union School District
  • Orcutt Union School District
  • Guadalupe Union School District
  • Blochman School District

Summary Fire Information

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

  • Total Acreage: 238,500
  • Containment: 30%

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 Wednesday, December 13th 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

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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.

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 Dec 13 - Dec 15 to anyone who asks for assistance. There is no paperwork involved.

  • Westside Boys & Girls Club, 602 W. Anapamu, SB 11am -2pm
  • Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E Montecito St, SB 11am - 2pm
  • Food Bank, 4554 Hollister Ave, SB 8am - 4pm
  • St. Joseph's Church, 1500 Linden, Carpinteria 11am - 2pm

Aware & Prepare Alerts

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Interactive Evacuation Map

interactive map

The County Office of Emergency Services has developed a map which will allow the public to view areas with evacuation warnings and evacuation orders within Santa Barbara County.

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Stay Connected

For ongoing updates:

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  • Call 2-1-1 from 805 area code, or 800-400-1572 outside of the 805.

Additional Resources

The following websites may offer additional information relating to the Thomas Fire

Evacuation Guide

Also read the CAL FIRE Wildfire Evacuation Guide. Leave as soon as evacuation is recommended by fire officials to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or road congestion. Don't wait to be ordered by authorities to leave. Evacuating early also helps firefighters keep roads clear of congestion, and lets them move more freely to do their job. In an intense wildfire, they may not have time to knock on every door. If you are advised to leave, don't hesitate!