Thomas Fire: New evacuations ordered in Santa Barbara County

MONTECITO, Calif. -- New evacuation orders have been issued in Santa Barbara County on Saturday, as the Thomas Fire continues to expand.

In the city of Santa Barbara evacuations were ordered in the area east of Hwy 154 to Mission Canyon Rd and north of Hwy192 to East Camino Cielo. In the Montecito and Summerland Area, residents south of Hwy 192, North of Hwy 101, West of ToroCyn, East of Summit Rd & Country Club. In both Santa Barbara and Montecito, evacuations were in place north of Alameda Padre Serra/Hwy 101, south of Hwy 192, east of Mission Canyon Road, & west of Hot Springs & Summit Road.

"Residents should leave immediately," Santa Barbara County officials tweeted.

Cal Fire officials also confirmed all mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in the city of Ventura have been lifted.

The evacuation orders come as fire crews gain some ground on the fire, which has reached 40 percent containment, Cal Fire officials said. Full containment is expected to be reached Jan. 7.

The blaze is still threatening about 18,000 structures as it surges through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The cost associated with battling the fire is 103,912,000 so far, according to Cal Fire.

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This satellite view from SkyMap7 shows the devastation from the Thomas Fire to this Ventura neighborhood.

Since breaking out on Dec. 4, the Thomas Fire has burned 259,000 acres and has destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

The fire claimed the life of a firefighter
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