Thomas Fire Information and Updates
The fire is no longer threatening populated areas of Santa Barbara County. There are tips for debris and ash cleanup on this website, with more information about recovery assistance resources coming soon. For essential information, call 211.
Fire Recovery Information and Resources
- Residents who are seeking services and resource referrals following the Thomas Fire should begin by completing this short online form.
- Read the
Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services brochure from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
Property owners who had structures damaged or destroyed in the Thomas Fire.
Homeowners Guide for Flood Prevention and Response
- Safe Cleanup and Work Practices During and After Thomas Fire (
Additional Fire Cleanup Tips & Guidelines
Returning home after a wildfire
Cleaning swimming pools impacted by ash and smoke
- The County Agricultural Commissioner's Office is hosting a
Thomas Fire-Growers Assistance Workshop on Friday, January 5th in Carpinteria. Also see
additional Thomas Fire Agricultural Assistance information.
Santa Barbara County Evacuation Notices
All Santa Barbara County mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted effective 9 am on December 21, 2017.
For those who have animals in shelter care, please pick up your animals before returning home.
County of Santa Barbara Thomas Fire Evacuation Press Releases: December 6 to December 19, 2017 (full packet in PDF format)
An interactive, searchable map showing the daily history of Thomas Fire evacuation zones for the period December 6 through December 19, 2017 can be viewed here: View Map
See how you can get up to date information on the radio through Radio Ready, a system that connects the release of timely information from the OES to the radio-listening public.
Latest News and Announcements
- 12/29/17 12:00 p.m.
- 12/23/17 7:00 p.m.
If you're seeing smoke today towards back country, the fire is burning fuel in interior wilderness & no threat to populated areas. At 65% containment, you may see this normal fire activity for days.
- 12/23/17 2:15 p.m.
Property Owners who had Structures (Homes and Other Buildings) Damaged or Destroyed in the Thomas Fire Read the Press Release
- 12/23/17 8:45 a.m.
The Thomas Fire is the largest wildfire in California history having burned 273,400 acres as of 7 a.m., Dec. 23 and remains at 65% containment. In Santa Barbara County, the fire is in forest land away from populated areas.
- 12/22/17 11:30 a.m.
Air Quality Warning Downgraded to Air Quality Watch Read the Press Release
- 12/22/17 11:30 a.m.
HOME CLEAN UP AFTER FIRE: Considerations for Cleaning Up the Interior of Your Home Read the Press Release
- 12/21/17 3:20 p.m.
ANIMALS SHELTERED FROM THOMAS FIRE READY TO RETURN HOME Read the Press Release
- 12/21/17 1:37 p.m.
COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DECLARES LOCAL HEALTH EMERGENCY Read the Press Release
- 12/21/17 12:45 p.m.
THOMAS FIRE: Local Recovery Assistance Meeting Read the Press Release
- 12/21/17 9:00 a.m.
All Santa Barbara County mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders have been lifted effective 9 am on December 21, 2017. Read the Press Release
- 12/20/17 4:00 p.m.
When Do I Need to use my N-95 Mask? Read the Press Release
- 12/19/17 11:30 a.m.
Evacuation Orders Lifted for Portions of State Route 192 Read the Press Release
- 12/18/17 8:00 p.m.
Thomas Fire: Looking For a Way to Help? Here's How You Can Donate' Read the Press Release
- 12/18/17 6:00 p.m.
Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19th, Coast Village Road (including Coast Village Circle) between Olive Mill Road and Hot Springs Road will be opened. Roads north of Coast Village Road will not be opened. Read the Press Release
- 12/18/17 12:00 p.m.
- 12/18/17 9:30 a.m.
- 12/17/17 8:00 p.m.
Free N-95 Mask Distribution for December 18-23 Read Press Release.
- 12/17/17 2:00 p.m.
THOMAS FIRE: Residents Permitted to Re-enter Some Areas of Carpinteria Read Press Release.
- 12/16/17 7:00 p.m.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office issued a new Voluntary evacuation warning for parts of Santa Barbara area. Read Press Release.
- 12/16/17 1:30 p.m.
- 12/15/17 9:30 p.m.
Evacuating During a Loss of Power Read Press Release.
- 12/15/2017 10:55 a.m.
THOMAS FIRE CLEANUP & HEALTH RESOURCES View Information
- 12/14/2017 1:30 p.m.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS FOR PET OWNERS - Protect your pets from smoke and poor air quality during fires Read Press Release.
- 12/14/2017 9:00 a.m.
Safe Clean-Up and Work Practices During and After Thomas Fire Read Press Release.
- 12/13/2017 4:00 p.m.
HEALTH NOTICE TO LOCAL LANDSCAPERS Read Press Release.
Last updated 12/21/2017 5:00 p.m.
All roads are currently open.
Also see the Public Works Road Closure Map for additional information.
All schools closed for the winter holiday with most returning on January 2.
Fire Summary Information
Thomas Fire Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County
Following the end of all evacuations, the shelter closed on Friday, Dec. 22.
Animal Evacuation Information
All animals should have been picked up by Dec. 22. For information, contact the County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.
Thomas Fire related information on the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) website
Please see the following information on staying safe in unhealthy air and cleaning up ash.
City of Santa Barbara Ash Management Plan English
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. See the updated lists of distribution sites.
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.
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Aware & Prepare Alerts
It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at www.AwareAndPrepare.org. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.
Interactive Evacuation 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.
For ongoing updates:
Community Meetings Video Archive
A series of community meetings were held from December 6 though December 20 to provide public information regarding the current status of the Thomas fire and related topics. Recordings of these meetings, along with other videos related to the fire can be viewed at the link below.
The following websites may offer additional information relating to the Thomas Fire
- County of Santa Barbara Thomas Fire Evacuation Press Releases: December 6 to December 19, 2017 (full packet in PDF format)
- Ventura County Emergency Information
- CAL FIRE incident summary
- Cal Fire Returning Home after a Wildfire
- SoCalGas Service Restoration
- "Inside Edison" newsletter with daily information about Thomas Fire
- Southern California Edison map of current Power Outages
- Be Prepared for a Power Outage
- Information about county schools closures
- Food Bank food distribution
- Daily Report Card on Local Air Quality
- Public Health website
- Road Closures
- Clean Up Guidance
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!