Update 12:30 p.m.:
The Ventura County Fire Department has extended red flag warnings for Ventura and Los Angeles counties through Saturday.
The agency tweeted at noon that Santa Ana winds with gusts between 50 and 70 mph will be experienced in wind-prone areas of those counties through Thursday, with isolated gusts of 80 mph in the mountainous regions.
Humidity values also continue to be in the single digits, leaving a high potential for rapid fire growth, as well as downed trees and power lines.
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The Thomas Fire grew to 96,000 acres overnight and is still 5 percent contained, Ventura County fire officials said.
The fire reached Highway 101 overnight, and Cal Fire shut the road down between Highway 150 and Highway 126 early Thursday morning. By 7:15 a.m., all lanes was reopened, Caltrans said.
“The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds,” officials said on the Ventura County emergency website Thursday morning.
Santa Barbara County issued mandatory evacuation orders for 300 residents in the Carpinteria area about 1:45 a.m.
There will be no Amtrak train service from Santa Barbara to Ventura on Thursday, Caltrans said. There were also closures along Route 150 and Route 33; by 7:45 a.m., all lanes were open on Route 33, according to Caltrans.
2,500 personnel are currently working on the fire, Ventura County fire officials said.
Fire officials reported early this week that 150 structures had been destroyed, but expected that number to grow. About 15,000 structures are threatened.
The fire ignited Monday evening and, pushed by strong winds, spread rapidly without containment. Crews managed to contain 5 percent of the blaze by late Wednesday night.
It’s the largest active fire in California, but there are several others burning in Southern California this week.
As of Thursday morning: The Rye Fire west of Valencia is 7,000 acres and 15 percent contained, and the Skirball Fire in the Bel-Air neighborhood was 475 acres with 5 percent containment. The Creek Fire north of Lake View Terrace was 12,605 acres and 5 percent contained late Wednesday night.
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The following areas are under a mandatory evacuation order as of Thursday morning:
- City of Santa Paula: Boundary of Say Road north to Thomas Aquinas; Dickenson Ranch Road east to Santa Paula Creek
- Santa Paula unincorporated area: east of Santa Paula Creek; north of highway 126; west of Hall Road to Timber Canyon Road
- City of Santa Paula: Boundary of Monte Vista Street north to city limits, Foothill Road from Steckel to Peck Road to north of city limits
- Santa Paula unincorporated area towards Ventura: North of Foothill Road from Peck Road to Wells Road, including Wheeler Canyon, Aliso Canyon and Rancho Vista
- City of Ventura: Teloma east to Brent Street; Telegraph Road to north of Foothill Road
- City of Ventura: Victoria Road east to Hill Road; Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road
- City of Ventura: North Ashwood Avenue east to Hill Road; Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road
- City of Ventura: North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street
- City of Ventura: Main Street from Seward Avenue to Hwy 33 (includes entire Ventura Avenue area)
- Oak View: Boundary of Hwy 33, Creek Road and Hermosa Road
- Meiners Oaks: North of E. El Roblar Drive between Rice Road and Hwy 33
- Entire Community of Casitas Springs: Evacuate to Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura
- Lake Casitas: North of Hwy 150 heading to Hwy 33 and south of Los Padres National Forest
- East Ojai Valley: Carne Road east to McAndrew Road, Reeves Road north to Thacher Road
- Ojai: North of Grand Avenue east of Mercer Avenue; west of Carne Road and south of the Gridley Trail
- Upper Ojai Valley: Hwy 150 from Dennison Grade east to Osborne Road and all residences north
- Upper Ojai Valley (West): Hwy 33, Matilija Canyon
- Ventura County North Coast Area: Boundary of Hwy 33 north to Casitas Vista Road; northwest to Hwy 150; Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101; and southbound Hwy 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach
The following areas are under voluntary evacuation notice as of Thursday morning:
- City of Ventura: South of Loma Vista Road, east of Day Road, West of Victoria Avenue, and north of Telegraph Road
- City of Ventura: East of Victoria Avenue, north of Loma Vista Road, south of Foothill, west of Wells Road
- All residents of the Ojai Valley not currently covered under the current mandatory evacuation
- City of Fillmore: Boundary of 2nd Street north to 4th Street & Island View Street, east to Pole Creek
- City of Fillmore: Boundary of 4th Street on the south to Pole Canyon Road, Pole Canyon Road northeast to Goodenough Road, Goodenough Road south to 5th Street and 5th Street southeast to 4th Street
- City of Fillmore: Boundary of Hwy 23 & the Santa Clara River south to Guiberson Road, Guiberson Road east to Torrey Road and Torrey Road north to the Santa Clara River
Evacuation centers have opened to the public in the following places as of Thursday morning:
- City of Ventura: Red Cross. Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building, 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA 93001. Includes an animal shelter for all types of animals
- City of Ojai: Red Cross. Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023
- City of Oxnard: Red Cross. Oxnard College Gymnasium, 4000 S. Rose Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93033
- City of Santa Paula: City-run shelter. Santa Paula Community Center, 530 W. Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060
- City of Fillmore: City-run shelter. Veteran's Memorial Building, 511 2nd Street
- U.C. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center, 552 University Road, Santa Barbara, CA