Thomas Fire Information and Updates

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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

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

Radio Ready

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

Earlier News Releases and Announcements

Road Closures

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.

School Closures

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

Fire Summary Information

For the latest fire statistics, visit InciWeb

See the Fire History Map.

See the latest Fire Progression Map.

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.

Air Quality

The Air Quality Watch has been cancelled as of December 29.

View the smoke forecast and current conditions .

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.

Thomas Fire Preliminary Ash Management Plan English | Spanish

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.

Aware & Prepare Alerts

It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts. Sign up at If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.

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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.

View Map

Stay Connected

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.

Meeting Video Archive

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!