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Mandatory, Voluntary Evacuation Orders Grow For Thomas Fire Zone In Southern Santa Barbara County

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
This is what the Thomas fire looked like along Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria at around 5:45 Sunday morning

Mandatory evacuation and warning areas have been expanded in Southern Santa Barbara County as a result of growth of the Thomas Fire Sunday afternoon.

Mandatory evacuations for areas north of Highway 192 in the Carpinteria and Summerland area were expanded west to include a big chunk of Montecito.  The latest addition includes a mandatory evacuation order for Buena Vista Drive to Hot Springs Road north of Highway 192.

A voluntary evacuation warning is in place from Hot Springs Road to Mission Canyon Drive north of Highway 192.  There's also a voluntary order south of Highway 192 from the Ventura County line which includes Carpinteria, and Summerland.

An evacuation center has been set up at UC Santa Barbara's Rec Center.