Thomas Fire & Floods

The latest coverage on the Thomas Fire and the floods that followed, including evacuations, damage reports, and community impact. The Thomas Fire began in the evening on Monday, December 4, 2017, and had widespread impacts across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The first major winter storm of the season followed a month later, dumping heavy rain across the burn scar on January 8 and 9 and triggering widespread mudslides and debris flows.

Areas under evacuation and at risk for flooding during the winter storm of January 8 and 9.

Santa Barbara County Farmers Report $20 Million in Losses from Natural Disasters

Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow caused direct crop damage, lost sales, and cleanup expenses. Read story.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Thomas Fire Ash Sampled in the Santa Barbara Channel

UCSB grad students take the 'Sally Ride' on a channel cruise. Read story.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Upcoming Thomas Fire and Flood Disaster Relief Events

Fundraisers and offers for victims, concerned citizens, and first responders as of February 8 Read story.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Los Padres Firefighter Attends State of the Union Address

David Dahlberg helped rescue dozens during the Whittier Fire. Read story.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

13 Deaths Now Confirmed After Tuesday-Morning Mudslides

[UPDATE, Jan. 9, 6:11 p.m.] “Very bad” damage reported to main water pipeline supplying Montecito and Carpinteria. Read story.

Originally published 2:02 p.m., January 9, 2018
Updated 6:11 p.m., January 9, 2018

Montecito’s All Saints-by-the-Sea Church Open as Triage, Evacuation Center

[UPDATE] Santa Barbara hotels offer special rates to flood victims and evacuees. Read story.

Originally published 1:35 p.m., January 9, 2018
Updated 6:17 p.m., January 9, 2018

Dozens Remain Trapped by Montecito Mudslides

Bodies have been recovered from Butterfly Beach, Olive Mill Road, and the Channel Drive off-ramp. Read story.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Five Fatalities Confirmed After Mudslides Engulf Montecito, Carpinteria, Shut Down Highway 101

[UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.] More heavy rain imminent. Violent rainfall overnight let loose a giant milkshake of mud and rocks beyond evacuation zones. Read story.

Originally published 7:45 a.m., January 9, 2018
Updated 9:00 a.m., January 9, 2018

Carpinteria and Montecito Schools Close After Flood Warnings

Landslides and debris flows move too quickly to evacuate hundreds of students, officials say. Read story.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Areas Below Thomas Burn Scar

Expected flash floods and mudflows prompt Monday noon evac orders, also for Whittier, Sherpa, and Rey fire areas. Read story.

Originally published 9:34 p.m., January 7, 2018
Updated 9:38 a.m., January 8, 2018

'Significant Storm' on the Way for Santa Barbara County, Officials Warn

Rainfall in Thomas Fire areas could hit one inch per hour at its peak. Read story.

Friday, January 5, 2018

California's Largest Fire Cooling Down

Thomas Fire surpassed Cedar Fire in size and grew some more. Read story.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Thomas Fire Had Two Origins

The fresh revelation comes as residents sue Edison for allegedly starting the massive wildfire. Read story.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Carpinteria Post-Fire Meeting Scheduled for Friday

Local, state, and federal reps will answer questions on Thomas Fire losses, with Spanish translation available. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Good News' on the Thomas Fire Lines, All Evacuations Lifted

The Gibraltar and Camino Cielo lines held overnight, and suppression efforts continue with more winds expected. Read story.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
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