Thomas Fire Updates – Road and School Closures, Evacuations


From Ready.Ventura County

12/7/17 @ 1500


The Thomas Fire is currently at 96,000 Acres with 5% ContainmentOvernight the fire experienced extreme fire behavior with rapid rates of spread due to the predicted strong Santa Ana winds. Significant fire growth was observed North of the city of Ojai. The fire is also moving north toward the Santa Barbara County Line and Lake Casitas as well as toward the Los Padres National Forest and the Sespe Wilderness. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter. 
Casitas Municipal Water District has issued a boil water order for the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and entire City of Ventura due to loss of pressure and water supply from the fire related power outages. All tap water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled to a rolling boil for approximately 1 minute. This is the preferred method to ensure water is safe to drink.

The city of Ventura Police Department has declared a curfew in response to the fire. Effective December 5, 2017 a curfew is in effect starting at 10pm and ending at 5am daily.

The County of Ventura, City of Santa Paula, City of Ojai and City of Ventura have all proclaimed a local emergency.


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 west to Brent Street, Telegraph Road north 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 – North of Main Street from Seward Avenue to Hwy 33 (includes entire Ventura Avenue area)

Oak View – Boundary of Hwy 33 east to Creek Road, Creek Road north to Fairview Road

Meiners Oaks – North of E. El Roblar 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 Koenigstein Road, SR 150 north to Thacher Road

Ojai – Casitas Pass Road east to Rice Road, Baldwin Road to North of Matilija Canyon (Includes Burnham Road North to Baldwin Road) 

Upper Ojai Valley – Hwy 150 from Dennison Grade east to Osborne Road and all residences north

Upper Ojai Valley (West) – Hwy 33 – Matilija Canyon 

Unincorporated Ventura CountyArea– Residents and day visitors of Rose Vallley

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 



 City of Ventura- North Hill Road east to Wells Road, Telegraph Road to Foothill Road. 

Ojai- Casitas Pass Road east to Highway 33, Spring Street to Loma Drive. (Includes Rice Road east to Loma Drive. Baldwin Road north to Besant Road)

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Please call 866-EVRT911 (866-387-8911) for requests for assistance in animal evacuations. 

Large animal evacuations at the Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W Hardbor Blvd, Ventura, CA



City of Ventura – Ventura County Fairgrounds (Red Cross – Includes an Animal Shelter for all types of animals)  – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA

City of Ojai – Nordhoff High School – 1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA

City of Oxnard – Oxnard College Gymnasium – 4000 S. Rose Ave, Oxnard, CA Open 1

City of Santa Paula – Santa Paula Community Center – 530 W Main St, Santa Paula, CA

UC Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center – Includes an Animal Shelter for small animals – preferably in crates, 516 Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA


Residents with Access and Functional Needs are welcome at all Red Cross Shelters. If you have have an access or functional need, please advise Red Cross staff aware when you register. 

In response to the needs of individuals and families displaced and traumatized by the fires in Ventura County, the Ventura County Behavioral Health department is deploying disaster response teams to the various shelters throughout the county. Mental health professionals will be on site at designated times to provide crisis intervention, counseling and community resource referrals in collaboration with other emergency response services. Please notify shelter staff if such services are desired. For additional information or other inqires related to Behavioral Health services, please contact them at their toll-free 24/7 hotline at (866) 998-2243.

The American Red Cross in the Central California Region is raising money and providing volunteers in support of Thomas Fire relief and recovery efforts in Ventura County, CA.  Our local volunteers were immediately on the ground during the night of December 4, 2017, working into the morning to open three shelters for 600 residents.  Red Cross shelters provide for the immediate needs of those evacuated, including a safe place to stay, food (meals, snacks), water, showers, health services, emotional support, information, and other support resources for displaced individuals, families, pets, and livestock.  Impacted residents in Ventura County are welcome to stop by during the day for support services, even if they choose to spend the night elsewhere.




 East bound SR-150, from Reeves Rd in Ojai to Stonegate Rd in Santa Paula

SR 150 (Casitas Pass Road) between Highway 33 and the 101

SR 150 at Santa Ana Road

 SR 33 NB from Maricopa Highway and Ojai Avenue to Matilija Canyon

Ventura Ave (Highway 150 / Highway 33) at the “Y”

Nye Road loop east of Highway 33 in Casitas Vistas

 Grand Avenue-All North bound streets

Foothill Road from Aliso to North End


Foothill at Highpoint

Foothill at LaFonda

Foothill at  Skyline

Foothill at  Colina Vista

Wells Road at Foothill Road

Olive Road at Foothill Road

Cummings Road at Foothill Road

Peck Road at Foothill Road 


The train tracks are closed from Carpenteria to Faria Beach  

No AMTRAK Services in Ventura County


A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water.  Each disaster is unique as are the needs of the shelter residents, but financial donations are always the quickest and best way to support the people who need it most.  Help people affected by the Thomas Fire by donating to the Red Cross in the following ways: 

Go to

From the menu at the top of the page, select Donate

For the “I Want To Support”  choice, choose “Your local Red Cross.”


To make cash donations to the United Way of Ventura County, Text UWVC to 41444 and 100% of the donations will go communicated based organiztions to suppport individual affected by the Thomas Fire.

Although appreciated, donations of food or materials for firefighters cannot be accepted at this time. 


The following districts will be closed the rest of this week

ACE Charter High School, Briggs Elementary School District, Fillmore Unified School District (will be closed 12/7) 

CAPE Charter School

Hueneme Elementary School District

Mesa Union Elementary School District

Mupu Elementary School District

Ocean View Elementary School District

Ojai Unified School District

Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School

Oxnard Elementary School District

Oxnard Union High School District

Pleasant Valley School District

Rio Elementary School District

Santa Clara Elementary School District

Santa Paula Unified School District

Somis Union School District 

Saint Anthony’s School

Saint Bonaventure High School

Thomas Aquinas College 

 University Preparation Charter School

VCOE Career Education Center (Camarillo and Moorpark)

VCOE-operated school sites and classrooms

Ventura Charter School

Ventura College

Ventura Unified School District

Villanova Prep School (Closed through 12/15/17)

Vista Real Charter High School District 

The following Schools are reopened as of 12/7/17

Conejo Valley Adult Education

Conejo Valley Unified School District

Moorpark College

Moorpark Unified School District

Oxnard College

Simi Valley Unified School District

CSU Channel Islands*
* Classes continue to be suspended through 12-7-17. However, the main campus in Camarillo will re-open with normal operating hours as well as the Thousand Oaks and Goleta locations 


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