Fire fighters attack the Thomas Fire's north flank with backfires as they continue to fight a massive wildfire north of Los Angeles, near Ojai , California, on 9 December 2017. Fire department spokesman Dave Zaniboni said, 'To see this kind of fire activity in the middle of December, it's just unprecedented.' Photo: Reuters

VENTURA, California, 10 December 2017 (CBS News) – The raging Thomas Fire triggered new evacuation orders Sunday for the Ventura-Santa Barbara county lines, authorities said. Overnight, new orders were sent out for the Carpinteria and Montecito areas as one structure was lost, CBS Los Angeles reports.

In addition, the Thomas Fire is now the sixth largest in California history, according to fire officials. It has scorched at least 200,000 acres as of Sunday evening.

Residents in areas north of Carpinteria from Toro Canyon Road east to the Santa Barbara County line and north of Highway 192 have been told to evacuate, as well as areas east of Buena Vista Drive to the county line and north of Highway 192.

Voluntary evacuation orders have been issued for areas east of San Ysidro to the county line, and south of Highway 192 to the ocean.

An evacuation shelter has been established at the UCSD Recreation Center at 516 Ocean Road, authorities said.

The fire has also interrupted transmission lines for the Santa Barbara area, leaving more than 85,000 customers without power.

The fire erupted seven days ago and resulted in 88,000 people having to evacuate throughout that time period.

"This fire literally started on the first day of our Santa Ana wind event, which it couldn't have started on a worse day," said Capt. Steve Kaufmann of the Ventura County Fire Department. "Last night, because we're still under the Santa Ana wind event, the fire activity increased overnight." [more]

Raging Thomas Fire triggers new evacuation orders in California


  1. Anonymous said...

    Why are those in power being so reckless? Are they denial? They have children, grandchildren etc. Are they being kept in the dark as much as the general public? Is there something more sinister going on?  

  2. Dennis Mitchell said...

    Seems unnatural.  


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