Thomas Fire Forces New Evacuations, Closure Of Highway 101

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SMFD also sent two engines to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County late Monday night as part of the Mutual Aid Strike Team with Culver City FD and Beverly Hills FD.

All schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District were closed Thursday, Dec. 7 due to smoke from multiple fires around the Los Angeles area.

As of Thursday, the community college has made a decision to cancel classes Thursday through Saturday at all of its campuses.

The Thomas Fire has expanded to 65,000 acres and still has zero percent containment as the blaze continues to rage Wednesday.

The fast-moving Thomas fire engulfed an downtown Ventura entire apartment complex in flames on Tuesday, December 5. Video taken by drivers showed a raging hillside in the dark of night as commuters tried to get across the Sepulveda Pass before the officials shut down the 405 Freeway in Brentwood.

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"Particulate matter from a forest fire, is smaller in size that our normal environmental pollutants, causing these particles to get deeper into the lungs", said Gilbert J. Kuhn Jr., M.D.at Providence Saint John's Health Center.

"It's something that needs to be developed here in Santa Maria", Kunkle said, "it's really matured into a great base that can handle all their different air tankers frm the S-2's up to handling the DC-10 which is fantastic".

Gusty Winds laid down Wednesday, giving firefighters some time to gain ground on the fire. "I just want to help preserve that".

A voluntary evacuation warning means a potential threat to life and property exists from the fire, but it does not generally require leaving immediately, the spokesman said, although those with large animals to evacuate and people with access and functional needs were advised to leave immediately.

Evacuations have been ordered for areas near Carpinteria and Ojai.

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