On 12/7/2017, the State of California submitted a request to add the portion of the THOMAS Fire burning in Santa Barbara County to the existing fire management assistance grant (FM-5224). The report on that approval can be found here.
At the time of the request, the fire was threatening 15,000 homes in and around the communities of Santa Paula, Ventura, Carpenteria, and Summerland (pop 165,000+). At the time of reporting, 85% of the threatened homes are primary residences. The fire is also threatening infrastructure, utilities, potable water, and oil production facilities.
Mandatory evacuations are taking place for approximately 79,543 people. The fire started on12/4/2017, crossed into Santa Barbara County on 12/7/2017, and has burned in excess of 96,000acres of State and private land and is 5% contained. There are 8 large fires burning uncontrolled within the State.
The Principal Advisor confirmed the facts of the State’s request.
The fire is currently 5% contained.
Current weather conditions are as follows: temperature 70 degrees, forecasted at 70 degrees for the next operational period. Winds are reported at 30 mph gusting to 50 mph and the relative humidity is at 3 percent.
The Regional Administrator, FEMA Region 9 has determined that the THOMAS Fire threatened such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. The State’s request to extend the FMAG to include Santa Barbara County was APPROVED on 12/7/2017, at 1946 PST / 2246 EST.