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.
Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow caused direct crop damage, lost sales, and cleanup expenses. Read story.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
UCSB grad students take the 'Sally Ride' on a channel cruise. Read story.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Fundraisers and offers for victims, concerned citizens, and first responders as of February 8 Read story.
Friday, February 9, 2018
David Dahlberg helped rescue dozens during the Whittier Fire. Read story.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
[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
[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
Bodies have been recovered from Butterfly Beach, Olive Mill Road, and the Channel Drive off-ramp. Read story.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
[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
Landslides and debris flows move too quickly to evacuate hundreds of students, officials say. Read story.
Monday, January 8, 2018
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
Rainfall in Thomas Fire areas could hit one inch per hour at its peak. Read story.
Friday, January 5, 2018
Thomas Fire surpassed Cedar Fire in size and grew some more. Read story.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
The fresh revelation comes as residents sue Edison for allegedly starting the massive wildfire. Read story.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Local, state, and federal reps will answer questions on Thomas Fire losses, with Spanish translation available. Read story.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Gibraltar and Camino Cielo lines held overnight, and suppression efforts continue with more winds expected. Read story.