Ventura County Thomas Fire Still Out of Control

December 5, 2017

Fueled by Santa Ana winds, a fast-moving brush fire that started Monday evening remains out of control in Ventura County.

The 'Thomas Fire' erupted shortly after 6pm in the Santa Paula area.  By 11pm, nearly 10,000 acres had burned.  As of 9:00am this morning (12/5), Cal Fire estimates the affected acreage at 45,000.

San Diego fire officials have sent some equipment and personnel to assist Ventura County fire departments.

Over 150 structures have been destroyed in the blaze and tens of thousands are under evacuation orders.

You'll find the latest on the fire, including evacuation orders here.

With San Diego County under a Red Flag Alert, residents are being reminded to be cautious and ready should fire strike.  You can learn more about readiness here at

Nighttime satellite images covering ~24 hours show fast-moving #ThomasFire develop overnight in #Ventura, California.

— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) December 5, 2017

Most up to date fire perimeter map of the #ThomasFire posted during the a.m. operational briefing happening now! @VCFD #VCFD

— VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) December 5, 2017