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.
MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER: Montecito and Summerland area north of Alameda Padre Sierra/South Salinas Street and Highway 101, south of 192, east of Mission Canyon Road, and west of Hot Springs/Summit Road. Residents should leave immediately. #ThomasFire #SantaBarbaraCounty— Santa Barbara County (@countyofsb) December 16, 2017
"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.
VIDEO: Aerial footage shows before-and-after look at destruction from Thomas Fire
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