A Cal Fire inmate crew from San Luis Obispo helped clear debris left by the Thomas Fire as rain fell in Tory Canyon Creek in Carpinteria on Monday, January 8, 2018. Evacuations were ordered for parts of Santa Barbara County that were in danger of mudslides, debris flow and flash floods. The debris here could clog rain flow.
High winds and dry conditions fueled a brushfire that threatened homes in Riverside, California, on December 21.News reports said that at least two homes were significantly damaged as embers blew in the wind, and that crews from Riverside County, Cal Fire, Corona, the March Air Reserve Base were deployed to fight the flames.
The Santa Barbara Zoo had to say an early goodbye to its first-ever reindeer exhibit after the Thomas Fire forced it to evacuate two visiting reindeer to the Earl Warren Show Grounds on December 16, 2017. In a Facebook Live video on December 18, the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services checks in on the reindeer before they head home to Windswept Farm near Tehachapi.
Four San Luis Obispo sisters (Alyssa Neville, 9, left, and her sisters Reagan, 9, Cambria, 7, and Madison, 12) have coordinated a blanket drive for Thomas Fire victims. Collections are taking place at Laguna Middle School and Bishop’s Peak Elementary.
Hoist camera view of an injured firefighter being pulled up into a helicopter during the Thomas Fire in the Toro Canyon area of Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County. Video was posted on Dec. 12, 2017. The firefighter was taken to the hospital.
A timelapse video provided by the Ventura County Fire Department shows the plume collapsing at the Thomas Fire, creating dangerous conditions. When a column collapses, it creates a "downward rush of air in every direction ... spreading fire rapidly outward," according to the National Park Service.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter shoots a flare during an operation to removed unburned vegetation in Santa Monica Canyon in Carpinteria during the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. In the background, a BA-e146 makes a retardant drop on a nearby hillside.
The Thomas Fire has reached Santa Barbara County and the smoke plume spread over San Luis Obispo County on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Here's a look at the skies over Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and elsewhere.
The Thomas Fire has reached Santa Barbara County and the smoke plume is spreading over San Luis Obispo County. High winds through the night pushed the now 173,000 acre toward Carpinteria, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017.
Along the California coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara the state's biggest wildfire approached beach communities as flames leapt from steep hillsides across US Highway 101 on Thursday. The flames forced an evacuation of dozens of homes at Faria Beach. The massive fire also threatened Ojai, a scenic mountain town of 7,000 people dubbed "Shangri-La" and known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats.
More than 500 structures have been damaged and more than 120,000 people have evacuated as fires burn in half a dozen counties in Southern California. President Donald Trump approved a California disaster declaration Friday, December 8, 2017, ordering federal aid to the area.