Flames From Thomas Fire Close Highway 101, But Southbound Lanes Reopen

The Thomas brush fire has continued to mushroom in size, and forced the complete closure of Highway 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties overnight. Southbound lanes of the 101 reopened at around 6:30 a.m. Northbound 101 is shut down from the 101-126 interchange in Ventura to Carpinteria. The fire also closed Highway 33 from Ventura to Ojai, and Highway 150 from Ojai to Carpinteria, so the normal bypass route is also closed, Travelers have to go in land to Interstate 5 to get between the counties.

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The Thomas brush fire has continued to mushroom in size, and forced the complete closure of Highway 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties overnight.  Southbound lanes of the 101 reopened at around 6:30 a.m.

Northbound 101 is shut down from the 101-126 interchange in Ventura to Carpinteria.  The fire also closed Highway 33 from Ventura to Ojai, and Highway 150 from Ojai to Carpinteria, so the normal bypass route is also closed,  Travelers have to go in land to Interstate 5 to get between the counties.

The massive Thomas brush fire has continued to grow, with its expansion northwest closing Highways 101, and 150 early Thursday morning.

The main coastal route between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the 101, was closed at around 2 a.m. between Ventura and Carpinteria due to the flames. At the same time, the alternate route, Highway 150, has also been closed due to the fire. It's shut down from Ojai to Carpinteria.

Some 300 people were evacuated from the Rincon Point area outside of Carpinteria, as the fire moved into Santa Barbara County.

(Photo by Lance Orozco)

Firefighters say the massive Thomas brush fire in Ventura County took another big jump in size on Wednesday, and has the potential to grow rapidly with the potential for a dangerous new round of Santa Ana winds in the weather forecast.

The fire went from 65,000 to 90,000 acres burned, with containment at 5%

The Thomas Fire has had many impacts you might expect, like evacuations and issues related to air quality. But, one unexpected problem is over water quality.

State and local health and water quality officials say people living in all of the coastal areas from Ventura to the Santa Barbara County line need to boil, or otherwise purify their drinking water. Officials say contamination problems with the region’s water supply mean that if you drink the unpurified water, you could suffer stomach or intestinal illness.

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