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THOMAS FIRE – SANTA BARBARA / FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATES

 Friday night @ 18:41 hrs. PST

THOMAS FIRE

COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA THOMAS FIRE INFORMATION

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY EVACUATION MAP

NIFC INTERACTIVE FIRE MAP

WIFIRE VIRS/MODIS MAP

VENTURA COUNTY THOMAS FIRE UPDATES

CALFIRE INCIDENT INFORMATION

NICC SITUATION REPORT

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AWAREANDPREPARE.ORG

ROAD CLOSURES

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LOCAL RAWS

SANTA BARBARA CITY FIRE INTERACTIVE FRONT COUNTRY EVACUATION MAP 

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US FIRE ADMINISTRATION

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: Name: Cory Iverson Rank: Engineer Age: 32.  Engineer Cory Iverson died while fighting the Thomas Fire near Fillmore, California. The nature and cause of Iverson’s death has not been released pending a Cal Fire serious accident review. Engineer Iverson was part of a multi-engine strike team dispatched from the San Diego area more than a week ago to fight some of the largest fires in California’s history. Tribute is being paid to Engineer Cory Iverson at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/ To date, 84 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.

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SAN MARCOS PASS COMMUNITY ISSUES

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY FOR THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS
DUE TO GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…

Strong winds are expected to begin between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday, December 16. These winds will increase fire intensity. If you are in a mandatory evacuation area, do not return. If you are in an evacuation warning area, be prepared to leave immediately. All communities east of Highway 154, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria should be on high alert and ready. For further information, refer to the interactive map located at countyofsb.org. The Red Cross Shelter at the UCSB Recreation Center is open.

  • Be prepared for sudden and potentially prolonged power outages. The back county transmission lines have been damaged and the front country lines are not at full capacity. The fire threatens additional critical electrical infrastructure. Local water system operators need to consider their emergency power requirements.
  • Based on current and projected fire activity, residents should be prepared for evacuation warnings and hard road closures including SR-154.
  • Be aware of potential firing operations that may create some front country activity. If it the operation occurs, be assured it is a well planned and coordinated event to tie into newly constructed contingency lines, East Camino Cielo, Montecito fuel breaks and the Santa Barbara Wildland Benefit District.Potential firing operations west of SR-33 are also planed that may be visible in Santa Barbara.
  • Local amateur radio operators are encouraged to check in with the WRA club trustee at KI6HFQ@wildlandresidents.org .
  • Santa Barbara: San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93110 daily @ 4p.m.

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CALFIRE STATUS REPORT

 

Santa Barbara Firefighters will remain prepared for structure defense operations and continue direct line construction above the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth as needed. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills.

VenturaCounty: Improvement and mop up of fireline in the Fillmore area will continue. Fire in the Bear Wallow area and Day Fire footprint will remain in monitor status. In the north, direct line construction will continue within the Zaca fire footprint, tying in to Highway 33. From Highway 33 indirect line construction for future firing operations will continue to the north of the Matilija Wilderness, toward Rose Valley. Utility companies continue to assess and mitigate infrastructure that was damaged from the fire so citizens can be safe when returning to these affected areas.

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FROM TODAY’S IAP

Red Flag Warning until 10:00 am today. Fire Weather Watch tonight and Saturday for Santa Barbara Mountains. Fire Weather Watch Saturday Night and Sunday for Ventura County. North to northeast winds this morning will shift to southwesterly this afternoon. For tonight, the winds will shift to the northwest and north with gusty winds likely across the Santa Barbara county front country. Relative humidity will drop into the single digits and low teens with poor recovery tonight.

The energy release component of the National Fire Danger Rating System is over 100 at six surrounding fire danger stations. Live fuels are far below critical levels. Last rainfall in the fire area over 0.10″ was 251 days ago. Probability of ignition 90% at peak daytime heating.

VENTURA ZONE

BRANCH I and VI: No movement anticipated along SR-150.

BRANCH II: Fire is active in the upper reaches of SESPE River and in the Matilija Wilderness in areas outside the day fire burn footprint. A run up Piedra Blanca will occur today. Once at the base of any slope the fire will run with the terrain. Fire in SESPE above Fillmore continues to back in Pine Canyon and Coldwater Canyon. A jump across the SESPE above Fillmore is likely.

BRANCH III and IV: No movement anticipated.

SANTA BARBARA ZONE

BRANCH XX and XXI- Downhill runs are possible if winds are properly aligned in the late afternoon and overnight from 15:00 – 09:00 and 04:00 – 07:00. Westward progress will continue during the day on the Santa Ynez Range.

BRANCH X: Fire advancing against the wind in the Agua Caliente Canyon and Diablo Canyon. Spotting and upslope runs will continue northward progress.

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Air Quality Warning in Effect Through Weekend

Ash may become locally airborne on Saturday in areas of stronger winds.
Be prepared and keep your N95 particulate masks handy.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Air quality conditions are expected to be highly variable this weekend, especially in southern Santa Barbara County. Monitoring stations continue to record unhealthy air,with levels of invisible fine particles (PM 2.5) still high. While winds may improve air quality in some areas, they can also stir up ash over the weekend. Areas affected will vary. The Air Quality Warning will remain in effect until conditions improve.

The levels of poor air quality and the extensive time with unhealthy air due to this wildfire, as well as the volume of ash that has been depositied, are unprecedented. The District and Public Health are working in partnership with regional, state, and national agencies, and have developed some resources for ash clean-up.

People should avoid ash clean-up in areas where air quality conditions remain unhealthy.

• See best practices for cleaning up ash when air quality conditions allow, includinginformation on street sweeping: https://www.ourair.org/ash-cleanup/ &http://countyofsb.org/cleanup.sbc

• See Health Notice for Local Landscapers regarding not using leaf blowers:https://www.ourair.org/121317a-news/

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has set up temporary air monitoring stations to record levels of fine particles (PM 2.5) in Carpinteria, Santa Ynez, and Los Alamos. See www.ourair.org/todays-air-quality/ for current conditions in these locations and throughout the county. Daily smoke forecasts — in English and Spanish, and also shown in map form — are also posted.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to smoke and soot, contact your doctor. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, headaches, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

See www.ourair.org/smoke-health/ for tips on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

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 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Evacuation Orders

Santa Barbara County Evacuation Areas may be viewed on the County Interactive Map

THOMAS FIRE: Evacuations lifted for portions of Santa Barbara County = The Santa Barbara County Sheriff has lifted the Voluntary Evacuation (Warning) for all areas south of SR-192 and north of US-101 east of Linden Avenue and west of the County line. For further information refer to the interactive map.
All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and evacuation orders. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. A complete list of evacuations and road closures may be found at: www.CountyofSB.org www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org

Emergency Alert System: 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.

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FROM INCIWEB

The Thomas Fire has now been burning for 12 days. It broke out December 4th near Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai. The fire was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds overnight, and quickly spread into the city of Ventura. More than 500 structures in Ventura County were destroyed. The fire crossed into Los Padres National Forest and is now burning in the Santa Barbara and Ojai Ranger Districts. Los Padres is in Unified Command with Cal Fire and other local cooperating agencies. 127,783 acres of the Thomas Fire are now on the National Forest System Land. A Forest Closure Order prohibits public access in the Santa Barbara, Ojai and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts. The fire is now the 4th largest fire in California’s history. The Thomas Fire is under unified command with Cal Fire, Ventura County Fire, United States Forest Service , Ventura County Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire.

Santa Barbara County: Firefighters will remain prepared for structure defense operations and continue direct line construction above the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito. Evacuation operations will occur ahead of westward fire growth as needed. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Gap and Foothills.

Ventura County: Improvement and mop up of fireline in the Fillmore area will continue. Fire in the Bear Wallow area and Day Fire footprint will remain in monitor status. In the north, direct line construction will continue within the Zaca fire footprint, tying in to Highway 33. From Highway 33 indirect line construction for future firing operations will continue to the north of the Matilija Wilderness, toward Rose Valley. Utility companies continue to assess and mitigate infrastructure that was damaged from the fire so citizens can be safe when returning to these affected areas.

The Thomas fire has experienced a long duration Santa Ana wind event, which began on December 4th, and has contributed to rapid growth and extreme fire behavior. Santa Ana winds originate from high-pressure air masses over the Great Basin and upper Mojave Desert. These cool dry air masses sweep across the deserts of eastern California through the mountain passes and canyons to the Pacific Ocean. Three things happen under these conditions: It gets warmer, winds get faster, and humidity plummets. The Thomas Fire has experienced winds exceeding 70 miles per hour, temperatures in the mid 80’s and humidity below 10 percent.

Shifting winds are anticipated starting Friday evening and continuing into Saturday morning. Structure defense and perimeter control will continue through the evening in active areas of the fire. Crews will work through the operational period patrolling the front country of Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito, and the City of Santa Barbara. Crews will construct direct fireline where possible and indirect line where required above those communities.

Topography, fuels, and shifting winds are presenting a challenge to this operation. Evacuation planning and implementation will continue as needed. To the north of Camino Cielo, both direct and indirect line construction will proceed northward. Direct line construction will continue in the Zaca Fire burn scar with ongoing preparations and planning for future firing operations if necessary. Direct line construction on the fire to the north of Rose Valley will continue and firing operations will progress eastward toward the Sespe Wilderness. Contingency line construction will continue primarily to the west and north of the fire. The fire was active in the area above the Sespe drainage. Direct and indirect fire line construction will be occur as possible based on terrain and fire behavior. In the Fillmore area, direct and indirect line will be constructed northward with ongoing planning for future firing operations if necessary.

Aggressive mop-up will continue in evacuated areas to support repopulation, the lifting of road closures, and to bolster existing firelines. Repopulation will continue in select areas.

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FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

Southern California Edison (SCE) is asking all of us to conserve energy. The Thomas Fire continues to cause intermittent outages and power surges in the Santa
Barbara and Goleta areas, potentially affecting up to 85,000 customers. It is extremely important that all electrical resources are conserved, including unplugging all unused devices including holiday lights.

SCE is working to restore the power grid damaged by the fire and to shore up the power lines. The weather is preventing a full investigation and restoration of their assets. The fire is continuing to threaten the transmission lines serving Santa Barbara. Customers experiencing a service interruption do not need to call SCE to report a power outage. This keeps telephone lines open for other emergencies.

Please follow these tips:

• Residential and commercial customers should significantly reduce power consumption.

• Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries.

• Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals, and vehicles should treat all intersection as four-way-stops.

• Water and electricity don’t mix. Do not step in or enter any water that a downed power line may be touching.

• If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews.

• Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking.

For more information on power outages, visit Southern California Edison’s website at
www.sce.com/outages.

Emergency Alert System: 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. Stay Connected: For ongoing updates, go to www.CountyofSB.org, follow @countyofsb on Twitter and Facebook, or call 2-1-1 from 805 area code, or 800-400-1572 outside of 805.

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LOCAL ROAD INFORMATION

FROM SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS – ROADS & CALTRANS

  • Coyote Rd Closure Coyote Rd at HWY 192
  • Cold Springs Rd Closure Cold Springs Rd at HWY 192
  • Chelham Way Closure Chelham Way at HWY 192
  • Ashley Rd Closure Ashley Rd at HWY 192
  • Salvar Road Closure Entire road closed
  • Painted Cave Soft Closure Painted Cave at Hwy 154
  • Gibraltar Rd. Soft Closure Gibraltar from Edge of Santa Barbara to E. Camino Cielo
  • E. Camino Cielo Soft Closure E. Camino Cielo from HWY 154 Heading East
  • Gobernador Road Closure Entirety Thomas Fire
  • SR-154 IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF SR 246 TO THE JCT OF SR 192 (SANTA BARBARA CO) FROM 0500 HRS TO 0900 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK
  • SR-192 IS CLOSED FROM CAMINO VIEJO RD /IN MONTECITO/ TO THE JCT OF SR 150.
  • SR-150 IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF SR 192 (SANTA BARBARA CO) TO 3.2 MI WEST OF THE SOUTH JCT OF SR 33 /AT SANTA ANA RD/ (VENTURA CO)
  • SR-150 IS CLOSED FROM 1.1 MI EAST OF OJAI /AT REEVES RD/ TO STONEGATE RD /IN SANTA PAULA/ (VENTURA CO)
  • SR-150 IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF SR 192 (SANTA BARBARA CO) TO 3.2 MI WEST OF THE SOUTH JCT OF SR 33 /AT SANTA ANA RD/ (VENTURA CO)
  • SR-33 IS CLOSED FROM 1.2 MI NORTH OF OJAI /AT FAIRVIEW AVE/ TO 19.5 MI SOUTH OF THE WEST JCT OF SR 166 /AT LOCKWOOD VALLEY RD/ (VENTURA CO) FROM 0600 HRS TO 1900 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK –

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Fire Weather Planning Forecast for Southwestern California
National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard CA
930 AM PST Fri Dec 15 2017

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY FOR
THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS DUE TO GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST
WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…

…FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY FOR THE LOS ANGELES AND VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS AND
VALLEYS…

…POTENTIAL FOR ADDITIONAL SANTA ANA WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES
THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY OF NEXT WEEK…

DISCUSSION…Offshore winds continue to weaken this morning allowing for the expiration of the Red Flag Warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
After the passage of an upper level disturbance, there will be increasing upper level wind support and cold air advection that will bring strengthening north to northeast winds across the mountains and adjacent foothills of Santa Barbara county (including higher elevations of the Thomas Fire) late tonight through Saturday evening with gusts of 30 to 40 mph being common. Due to the stronger winds in the upper atmosphere, there is the potential for locally stronger
gusts across exposed ridgetops on Saturday. The combination of these gusty winds with humidities generally ranging between 10 and 20 percent will likely result in critical Red Flag conditions across the Santa Barbara county mountains. Gusty north to northeast winds up to 30 mph will also filter down into the Santa Barbara south coast, which could bring significant impacts to lower elevations of the Thomas Fire. In addition, there will be increasing northerly winds on Saturday across the Ventura county mountains, especially near the Highway 33 and Interstate 5 corridors.

For the remainder of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the flow will likely shift to the northeast by Saturday evening, with a greater threat of  increased Santa Ana winds and low humidities late Saturday night into Sunday when gusts between 35 and 55 mph will be possible. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for late Saturday night through Sunday evening for the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with critical conditions possibly extending to coastal areas. An additional Santa Ana wind event  is possible next Thursday into Friday.

Santa Barbara County Mountains-
9:30 AM PST Fri Dec 15 2017

…RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 10 PM PST SATURDAY FOR
GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY…

TODAY…
Sky/weather………Mostly sunny.
Max temperature…..75-82 low elevations to 67-73 higher
elevations.
24 hr trend……Little change.
Min humidity……..6-12 percent.
24 hr trend……Little change.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…North to northeast 6-12 mph becoming northwest
8-15 mph in the afternoon.
Ridges/upr slopes….North to northeast 6-12 mph becoming northwest
8-15 mph in the afternoon.
Marine layer……..None.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 percent.

.TONIGHT…
Sky/weather………Mostly clear then becoming partly cloudy.
Min temperature…..54-64 low elevations to 38-45 colder valleys
and peaks.
Max humidity……..10-20 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…Western portions…northwest 10-20 mph with gusts
to 30 mph becoming north 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph
late. Eastern portions…northwest 6-12 mph becoming north
15-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph late.
Ridges/upr slopes….Western portions…northwest 10-20 mph with gusts
to 30 mph becoming north 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph
late. Eastern portions…northwest 8-15 mph becoming north
15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph late.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 percent.

.SATURDAY…
Sky/weather………Mostly sunny.
Max temperature…..65-71 low elevations to 57-63 higher
elevations.
Min humidity……..10-20 percent.
20-foot winds…….
Valleys/lwr slopes…North to northeast 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.
Ridges/upr slopes….North to northeast 15-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.
LAL……………..1.
CWR (>0.10 IN)……0 percent.

.Extended…

…Coasts/Valleys Including the Santa Monica Range…
.SUNDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s to around 60. Highs from the lower to mid 60s at the beaches to the lower 70s inland. Areas of northeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph below passes and canyons.

.MONDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s to around 60. Highs from the mid to upper 60s at the beaches to the lower to mid 70s inland. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the morning.

.TUESDAY…Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s to upper 50s. Highs from the mid 60s to around 70 at the beaches to the mid 70s inland. Winds generally less than 15 mph.

…Mountains / Los Padres and Angeles National Forests…
.SUNDAY…Mostly clear. Lows from the upper 40s and 50s at low elevations to the mid 20s to lower 30s in colder valleys and peaks. Highs from the upper 50s and 60s at low elevations to the mid 40s to lower 50s at high elevations. Northeast winds 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph.

.MONDAY…Mostly clear. Lows from the 50s to around 60 at low elevations to the mid 20s to lower 30s in colder valleys and peaks. Highs from the 60s to around 70 at low elevations to the lower to mid 50s at high elevations. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the morning.

.TUESDAY…Mostly clear. Lows from the upper 40s to mid 50s at low elevations to the upper 20s to mid 30s in colder valleys and peaks. Highs from the mid 60s to lower 70s at low elevations to the mid 50s to lower 60s at high elevations. Winds generally less than 15 mph.


Santa Barbara Zone
CALFIRE Portable RAWS

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY EVACUATION SHELTER

An evacuation shelter has been set up at: University of California, Santa Barbara Recreation Center 516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara.

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.

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.

Los Padres closes National Forest Due to Thomas Fire 

Effectively immediately, Los Padres National Forest officials issued a forest order prohibiting access on the Ojai, Santa Barbara and Mt. Pinos Ranger Districts..

The Thomas Fire is actively burning on multiple ranger districts, with separate flanks of the fire continuing to grow and spread rapidly. This closure is being implemented to provide for public safety and will remain in effect until it is safe to reenter the area.

District Ranger Pancho Smith said “We are experiencing unprecedented conditions and fire behavior for this time of year.  Our top priority is the safety of the public, adjacent communities, and our firefighters”.

The boundary of the Thomas Fire Closure Area begins at the intersection of California Highway 154 and the boundary of the Los Padres National Forest just north of its intersection with Forest Road No. 5N12 (East Camino Cielo Road), then continues northeast along the boundary of the San Rafael and Dick Smith Wilderness Areas. The closure then continues east, south and west along the forest boundary back to the starting point, as shown on Exhibit B.

Forest Service law enforcement officers will strictly enforce the closure order, which carries a penalty of $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

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Ready. Ventura County

 

The Thomas Fire is currently at 237,500 Acres with 25% Containment

Gusty Santa Ana winds will continue to battle with terrain driven winds. Most significant fire growth will occur to the west. Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas Incident. Firefighters will remain engaged in structure defense operations and scout for opportunities to establish direct perimeter control. Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas. Fire line construction to the north of these communities will continue. Improvement of the Camino Cielo for use as a control line will continue. Contingency groups will improve existing fuel breaks in Santa Barbara County, particularly in the areas of Windy Point and Foothills. Direct line construction, where possible, will continue on the northern side of the fire within the Zaca Fire burn scar. To north of the Matilija Wildernessindirect line construction will continue in preparation for future burn operations. In previously burned areas, continued mop-up operations will occur in order to expedite repopulation efforts. The area between Fillmore and Ventura along Highway 126 will remain in patrol status. Fire personnel will work to construct direct fire line with the support of aerial resources where possible on the east side of the fire. Scouting for establishment of indirect fire line will continue where needed.

Casitas Municipal Water District has updated their boil water order. For the latest information go to https://www.casitaswater.org/
As of 12/12/17 at 12 noon, the boil water order was lifted for all areas of Ventura City. Please see the City of Ventura News Release for the updated map.
Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke, especially in the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas where air quality is extremely poor. For additional air quality information, visit vcapcd.org.

The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency. California Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation of a State of Emergency for Ventura County. The Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared an emergency for Ventura County.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS
City of Ventura

North of Foothill Road from Day Road to Kimball Road
Entire Community of Casitas Springs

Ojai/Lake Casitas

LIFTED – 12/12, 12 noon – Unincorporated areas west of Ventura River, north of SR 150, east of Casitas Ranger Station, south of Los Padres National Forest
LIFTED – 12/12, 12 noon – Los Encinos Road to Burnham Road, South of SR 150, and the Lake Casitas Recreation Area south of SR 150
Unincorporated Ventura County Area

Residents and day visitors of Rose Valley
Ventura County North Coast Area

Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Hwy 150, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach
Unincorporated area of Fillmore

The area of Hall Road to the west, Sespe Creek to the east, Fillmore City limits to the south, and Los Padres National Forest boundary to the north

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Air Quality Warning Remains in Effect Through Weekend
Continued Smoke Impacts for Santa Barbara County

The air quality index continues to show unhealthy air quality in Santa Barbara County. Smoke and ash from the Thomas Fire may continue to affect local air quality for days. Levels of smoke and particles, and areas of the county affected, will vary and conditions could change quickly. Smoke plumes may be visible and may or may not have an additional effect on ground-level air quality. The Air Quality Warning will remain in effect until conditions improve.

• Check www.OurAir.org/todays-air-quality/ for current conditions. The chart will indicate when air quality is good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy for all, very unhealthy, or hazardous.

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. 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.

• Avoid doing anything to stir up ash.

If you have symptoms that may be related to exposure to smoke and soot, contact your doctor. Symptoms include repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, and nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness.

N95 masks, when fitted properly, offer some limited protection from fine particles in smoke; they do not filter out all of the harmful gases. N95 masks do not come in sizes suitable for small children. Dust masks and surgical masks are not effective.

See https://www.ourair.org/smoke-health/ for more information on how to protect your health.

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PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SMOKE

The N95 masks being distributed in Santa Barbara County are designed for adults. However, these masks may fit a child if their face is comparable in size to that of a petite adult. The key to knowing if an N95 mask fits effectively is whether an airtight seal can be created around the edges of the mask once it is on the face and pressed into place across the nose. The airtight seal around the perimeter of the mask is what determines if the mask can effectively filter particles. Check for an airtight seal to know if the N95 mask is a good fit.

Children, particularly small children and infants, can be more affected by inhaling smoke particles than adults. Because their body mass is smaller, children exposed to the same amount of smoke as adults are more likely to have symptoms. Small particles (10 micron diameter or less) get deep into the lungs and affect ability to breathe and exchange oxygen. It is important for families with small children to be aware that even if adults in the household have no symptoms, children may be experiencing them.

The air quality index in Santa Barbara/ Goleta has been in the “unhealthy / hazardous” range for 3 days. This can have a build-up effect, particularly on children, as the particles accumulate in their lungs. Even if the air quality index is slightly improved in the coming days, otherwise healthy individuals may begin to experience symptoms.

Public Health is advising everyone, but particularly those with small children, to “give your lungs a break” by relocating for at least a few hours to a region with cleaner air if you are able. Even spending 6 hours in clean air can improve breathing and lessen other symptoms associated with smoke exposure. If families are not able to leave the area, stay indoors with all windows closed and consider local indoor activities for children such as movie theaters or recreational spaces.

Some other things to keep in mind:

• Even with the use of a mask, consider limiting time spent outdoors, particularly when air quality is unhealthy.
• Kids with asthma or other medical conditions may consider consulting their doctors first, as the mask can reduce airflow.
• Conditions can change quickly so check air quality at www.OurAir.org

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

Protect your pets from smoke and poor air quality during fires Pet owners should limit their pet’s exposure to the smoke and heed air quality warnings.

• Pets in an air quality warning area should avoid long walks. The pets (especially small ones) will experience labored breathing in these conditions and this can result in dangerous particles getting into their lungs.

• Outdoor dogs and cats should be brought indoors, at the very least, into the garage.

• Ash should be brushed off pets coats and paws and then the pet should be bathed to remove any dangerous particles.

• Animals with asthma or a pre-existing lung issue merit owners to be on high alert and veterinary consultation is advised.

• Smoke and ash exposure to pets can cause eye irritation, coughing, difficulty breathing and even lethargy. Pet owners should consult their veterinarian.

• Animals closest to the ground and those that are scent driven (constantly smelling with their nose on the floor) are the most at risk.

• Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification at all times.

If you are evacuating, do not leave your pets behind. Contact the Animal Services hotline at 805-681-4332 should you need assistance in housing your evacuated animals.

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SANTA BARBARA ZONE COMMUNICATIONS PLAN (ICS 205) -SUMMARY (updated 15 Dec. 2017) 

  • Command VNC C2: 154.3250 All branches Ventura
  • Command NIFC C4: 166.6125 South Mountain
  • Command NIFC C5: 167.1000 Monte Arido
  • Command NIFC C8: 169.5375 La Cumbre Peak
  • Command NIFC C11:170.6875 Rincon Peak
  • Command NIFC C12: 173.0375 Sisar Peak
  • Command NIFC C97 163.150 Santa Ynez Peak
  • Command NIFC C99 166.3125 (Site not indicated)
  • Command NIFC C100 167.150 ICP
  • Local Tactical VTAC 12: 154.4525 Division KK/UU
  • Local Tactical VFIRE 26: 154.3025 CONTINGENCY-CIELO GROUP
  • Local Tactical CDF T27: 159.3075 Firing Operations
  • Local Tactical CDF T30: Divison PP/QQ
  • Local Tactical CDF T31- 159.3825 Division AA/GG/OO
  • Local Tactical CDF T1- 151.2575 Branch XXI
  • Air/Ground Tactical CDF T14 159.2250 Santa Barbara
  • Air/Ground Tactical CDF T18-159.3450 Ventura
  • CALCORD: 156.075:
  • LPF T3 – 170.4750
  • LPF T4 – 172.350
  • Thomas Victor: 129.950, 135.625, 121.175, 125.875 (AM)
  • Local Command SBC 6: 150.995
  • WRA/SMM: 154.415
  • Painted Cave: 152.300, 173.225

Note: Command channels are linked together.

December 5, 2017   Comments Off on THOMAS FIRE – SANTA BARBARA / FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATES

Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency Updates

There have been changes of local, regional and statewide fire radio frequencies so now is a good time to update the programming of your scanner.

Knowing what is happening locally in real time is essential in an emergency. If you do not have a radio scanner, please consider purchasing one. You do not need an expensive digital trunking scanner for local fire and emergency monitoring. All local fires, medical aids, traffic collisions and assorted emergencies are dispatched by Santa Barbara County on 153.770 Mhz.

Local public safety radio frequencies, WRA communications plans and CalOES FIRESCOPE downloads are posted here.

Please call the office at 964-7194 if you have any questions.

Updated: 5 July 2017 MSW

July 1, 2017   Comments Off on Local, Regional, State and Federal Radio Frequency Updates

CWPP – ***UPDATE***

Updated: December 1, 2017

Work on the San Marcos Pass Mountainous Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) continues with the November 30th 2017 draft CWPP posted below.  Mountain residents are represented on the Development Team including Rocky Siegel (WRA-SMPVFD) for areas west of Highway 154, Kevin Buckley (PCVFD) for areas east of Highway 154 and Mark Linnane for Paradise Canyon. Phil Seymour, a long time Painted Cave mountain resident as the representative for the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council and the WRA.

If you have questions, please contact the WRA by email at community@wildlandresidents.org or call the office at 964-7194. You can also email the Development Team through the County Fire Department at CWPP@countyofsb.org. Additionally, you can monitor this website and NextDoor for future notices and document postings.

San Marcos Pass-Eastern Goleta Valley Mountainous Communities CWPP Draft V3.1 2017NOV30

Los Padres_climate change summary_Final_March 2016

EGV_SMP_Relative Hazard Rating Fuels
Development Team Memo – Timing of CEQA Compliance for CWPP

SMP CWPP Fuel Modification Guidelines – Version 2

EGV SMP Damage Run Potential San Marcos Pass

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Development Process

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DRAFT- Development Team Mtg Agenda_MAY15_2017

Fuel Treatment Effectiveness_05012017

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Development Team Meeting Notes_04172017

Draft Development Team Mtg Agenda_03062017

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John Smith, USFS Santa Barbara Mountain Communities Defense Zone Memo, 21 March 2017

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San Marcos Pass Community Wildfire Protection Plan
by: Philip Seymour, Esq. 

Counsel to the WRA 

Early last year a small group of mountain residents organized by the Wildland Residents Association and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department began working on preparation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (“CWPP”). After meeting with wildfire experts from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service, and joining an environmental representative from the Urban Creeks Council, mountain representatives began meeting with a County “Working Group” assigned by County government to collaborate in preparing the CWPP. Working with County government can be challenging at times. However, after overcoming some major obstacles, the CWPP process will be going fully public on January 26, 2017. Below is a summary of relevant information about the CWPP process for mountain residents and others interested in participating in the process. [Read more →]

January 24, 2017   Comments Off on CWPP – ***UPDATE***

In Case of Emergency

As residents of the San Marcos Pass community we have learned to be self reliant and sufficient. We frequently depend on our neighbours for a helping hand. However, in the event you see something suspicious, a traffic collision or a fire, please call 9-1-1 directly. There have been several recent incidents where people have called neighbours first. The can cause confusion and further delay emergency response should it be required. It is better to be on the safe side and report something that turns out to be nothing than to not report something real.

March 26, 2013   Comments Off on In Case of Emergency

Nextdoor

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If you are interested in what is going on locally, take a moment to join Nextdoor, a private social network for the San Marcos Pass. You can log in to sign-in at https://sanmarcospass.nextdoor.com/login/ . Nextdoor is a local network for the exclusive use of the San Marcos Pass communities. The network is not open to anyone outside the immediate community. You can provide as much or as little as you want to contribute to support our local news.

 

February 16, 2013   Comments Off on Nextdoor