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Growth In Massive Thomas Brush Fire Closes Highways 101, 150


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.

Meanwhile, mandatory evacuation orders were issued for part of the Ojai Valley area overnight Wednesday into Thursday.  The orders are for the area west of Highway 33, and North of El Roblar Drive.

The latest official numbers on the fire are that it's 90,000 acres, and 5% contained, but those statistics are expected to change Thursday.

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