Ventura County's Thomas Fire Hits 65,000 Acres Burned

Dec 6, 2017

The massive Thomas Fire has now charred 65,000 acres of land in Ventura County, and is still completely out of control.

The blaze covers 100 square miles of land.  150 structures have been reported destroyed by the fire, but that figure hasn't been updated since Tuesday morning, and could change.  12,000 structures are considered to be at risk, and close to 30,000 people are facing evacuation orders.

The Santa Ana winds which rapidly spread the fire were much calmer on Tuesday.  However, there's concern that winds could increase Wednesday night into Thursday.

Some of the most visible signs of the fire are on Highway 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria.  The flames came down from the mountains on the inland side of the freeway Tuesday night, and jumped the freeway in some spots.  Evacuation orders were issued for the beachfront homes along the old state coastal highway, but no structures were damaged.

The big concern right now for firefighters is the Ojai Valley.  They are worried that if Santa Ana winds kick up during the next day, they could push the flames into homes.