Massive Wildfire On South Coast Hits 115,000 Acres; Number Of Structures Lost Now Surpasses 400

The massive Thomas brush fire burning on the South Coast took another big jump in size Thursday, going from 96,000 to 115,000 acres. But, perhaps even more stunning is the latest figure for the number of structures lost. Officials have been saying 150 since Tuesday morning, but admitted they haven’t been able to do a complete survey. A just completed update shows that 439 structures were destroyed, with the majority, 427, in the City of Ventura. However, we still don’t know how many of the lost structures were homes.

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There are a number of mandatory evacuation orders in place for Santa Barbara County, east of Carpinteria.

NEW: Highway 192 on the south
NEW: Highway 150 on the east
NEW: Casitas Pass Road extending to East Camino Cielo
Eastside 150 from Rincon Hill Road to Highway 101
Bates Road
Camino Carreta
Rincon Pt Road
Rincon Pt. Lane
Buena Fortuna

The massive Thomas brush fire burning on the South Coast took another big jump in size Thursday, going from 96,000 to 115,000 acres.

But, perhaps even more stunning is the latest figure for the number of structures lost. Officials have been saying 150 since Tuesday morning, but admitted they haven’t been able to do a complete survey. A just completed update shows that 439 structures were destroyed, with the majority, 427, in the City of Ventura. However, we still don’t know how many of the lost structures were homes.

Authorities say they’ve discovered a body which could be related to the Thomas fire.

Ventura County firefighters say the body of a woman was recovered from the wreckage of a vehicle in Wheeler Canyon. On Tuesday, Ventura County officials said someone died in a crash while evacuating the fire zone. Details of the circumstances surrounding the death aren’t known, including whether this might be the body of the same person who died earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, efforts to stop another brush fire which had been causing concern in Ventura County are going well.

The 7,000 acre Rye Fire started near Interstate 5 and Highway 126 in the Santa Clarita area Tuesday.

The fire started to move west towards Simi Valley. There was concern earlier in the week that the fire might move into the northern part of the city, or perhaps even Moorpark. However, the more than 900 firefighters battling the blaze stopped it near the LA-Ventura County line, and the threat to Eastern Ventura County has diminished.

The battle against the massive Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara continues, with firefighters able to protect homes, and other buildings in hot spot areas Thursday.

The fire is expected to top the 100,000 acre mark when the latest information on the blaze is released Thursday night. It currently stands at 96,000 acres, with 5% containment.

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