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Photo by Ventura County Fire Department

There’s a way you can support the victims of the Thomas Fire that has charred Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The United Way of Ventura County has set up the Thomas Fire Fund in which 100% of donations will support those impacted by the massive wildfire.

The huge Thomas brush fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties continues to mushroom in size, passing the 230,000 acre market and triggering yet more evacuation orders.

The fire burned tens of thousands of acres in less than 24 hours as it pushed west.  Firefighters say some of the fuel in the mountains above Carpinteria and Summerland hasn't burned for decades.  The fire dropped from 15% to 10% containment.

(Photo courtesy Darrell Keller)

Fire officials say the massive Thomas brush fire on the South Coast has now tops more than 200,000 acres burned.  That's more than 300 square miles.

Firefighters say the blaze charred more than six miles of land as it pushed west from Ventura County to Santa Barbara County overnight Saturday into Sunday.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

The Thomas Fire’s push into southern Santa Barbara County overnight has led to some mandatory and voluntary evacuations.

The orders impact the foothills above and around Carpinteria, Summerland, and Montecito.

Residents north of Highway 192 and east of Buena Vista Drive to the Ventura County line are in a mandatory evacuation zone.

Areas south of Highway 192 from Eucalyptucs Lane/San Ysidro Road  to the Ventura County line are in voluntary evacuation warning areas.  Warning areas are areas that people don't have to leave yet, but should be prepared to leave if ordered.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

The massive 155-thousand acre plus Thomas brush fire on the South Coast became visible in the foothills above Carpinteria early Sunday morning.

KCLU's John Palminteri reported you can see the flames above Highway 192 east of Toro Canyon Road, with some evacuations in the area.  Anticipating the western movement of the fire, commanders had beefed up staffing Saturday on the blaze's western flank to insure there would be crews on hand for protecting structures.

Despite the growth of the fire, the wind in the area is reported to be light.

The massive Thomas brush fire on the South Coast has crossed from Ventura County into Santa Barbara County in the mountains north of Carpinteria, but firefighters say they are continuing to make progress in the battle against it.

Residents of Carpinteria and Summerland may see some fire activity Saturday night through Sunday morning, and officials say the fire will seem closer than it actually is during the night.

There’s good news Saturday about efforts to contain the massive Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, with containment of the blaze rising from 10% to 15%.

The latest update on the acreage burned shows that it’s risen from 143,000 to 148,000 acres.

Firefighters say they made big progress Friday in efforts to control the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, leading to some evacuation orders being lifted.

They are reporting no major problems on the perimeters of the fire. The blaze grew to 143,000 acres, and remains at 10% containment.

The amount of acreage burned by the destructive Thomas brush fire on the South Coast continues to mushroom, reaching 132,000 acres Friday morning.

Containment has risen from 5% to 10%.

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

Fire officials are holding a community meeting Thursday night for people on the west end of the growing Thomas brush fire, to brief area residents firsthand about the situation.

CAL FIRE will host the meeting at 8 p.m. at Carpinteria High School. It was originally set for 6:30 p.m., but was pushed back.  Fire officials will brief members of the public on the fire, and firefighting efforts, and take questions after the meeting.

The Thomas fire has grown to 96,000 acres, and extended from Ventura County in to Santa Barbara County.

15,000 structures are reported to be at risk from the monster blaze which began Monday night.  A flareup of the blaze late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning led to the shutdown of Highway 101 from Ventura to Carpinteria, but it was reopened in both directions by around 7 a.m.

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 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.

Southern California Edison says that when the Thomas Fire broke out Monday, the company had to cut power in many areas, both due to the fire's impact on the lines and because of concerns about firefighter's safety.

Major transmission lines were affected at Lake Ventura in Santa Barbara County.

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The Santa Ana winds have been relatively calm Wednesday morning, but the Thomas Fire is still growing as over 65,000 acres of land have been burned.

The fire jumped the 101 in the Fairia Beach Area and burned to the ocean overnight, though no homes were damaged.

The fire has forced some 50,000 people from their homes, with some residents of the city of Ventura barely having enough time to grab key items and flee.

Multiple evacuations are being enforced across the region.

The Thomas fire took yet another unusual twist, when it surfaced in the scenic mountains between Ventura and Carpinteria, created a miles long sea of flame.

The fire had moved west from Ventura through some inland mountains, but early Tuesday evening the flames moved south, even jumping Highway 101 and almost making it to the ocean.  The Coast Highway gave firefighters a wide break to protect homes on the ocean side of the freeway from the flames.

Firefighters battling the massive 50,000 acre Thomas brush fire in Ventura County say they may be getting a slight break with the weather overnight Tuesday, with much milder Santa Ana wind conditions than the county had Monday night.

The fire has destroyed at least 150 structures, but the number could be higher because crews haven't had a chance to survey the buildings which were lost.  The 150 number was issued Tuesday morning, but multiple homes were seen burning in the Ventura area throughout the day.

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Firefighters say the raging Thomas brush fire in Ventura County is turning out to be as bad as it looked overnight, with more than 45,500 acres of land burned, and 150 structures destroyed.

The fire picked of homes in a number of neighbors, with some burning in the hills right above Downtown Ventura. The fire forced an estimated 27,000 evacuations.

A fast moving brush fire in Ventura County now cover more than 26,000 acres of land, and has destroyed multiple homes.

Strong Santa Ana winds pushed the Thomas Fire along a several mile stretch of mountains from Santa Paula to Ventura.  The blaze forced thousands of evacuations, including more than 400 homes in Santa Paula.

For up-to-date fire information , visit readyventuracounty.org for the most recent information for Ventura County, or call the incident information hotline at (805) 465-6650.

For Santa Barbara County, countyofsb.org/thomasfire.sbc#update has the most recent information.

(VCFD Photo)

Update: As of 9:15 a.m., the fire has expanded to 45,500 with 1000 firefighters involved in the fighting effort.

Update: As of 2:20 a.m., 7,786 homes are under evacuation orders, and the fire is at 26,000 acres.

A massive wildfire continues its explosive growth in Ventura County, burning on multiple fronts in the county.

A brush fire that's burned more than 5000 acres of brush in Ventura County has forced hundreds of evacuations, and closed Highway 150.

The Thomas Fire is burning between Santa Paula and Ojai, in the Wheeler Canyon area. The fire was reported shortly before 7 Monday night. It forced the evacuation of more than 400 students and staff members at Thomas Aquinas College. More than 400 homes on the north side of Santa Paula in the Monte Vista area are also facing evacuation orders.

National Weather Service forecast have said that some of the strongest Santa Ana winds of the week could come Monday night and early Tuesday.