Southern California Wildfires December 2017
12/11/2017 12:00:00 PM
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While the Creek, Rye, Skirball, and Lilac fires are mostly contained, the Thomas Fire continues to rage and is reported by Cal Fire to be 15% contained as of 10:45 a.m., EST on Monday, December 11. Having grown during the overnight hours, the Thomas Fire has burned 230,500 acres and is now located in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties north of Santa Paula in the vicinity of highways 150 and 126. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Thomas Fire is the fifth largest wildfire in modern California history.

ALERT™ subscribers can now download Touchstone®-ready GeoMAC shapefiles of perimeters for the Thomas, Creek, Lilac, Rye, and Skirball fires from the Downloads tab. Touchstone 5.0 and 5.1 users can import these shapefiles as map layers to assess impacts.

In Touchstone v5.1, Geospatial Analytics Module users can now view web map layers directly from organizations such as USGS, which include up-to-date spatial data (and historical data) to view within Touchstone. In addition to the shapefiles, AIR is providing downloadable instructions on how to access the USGS web map layer within Touchstone v5.1 so that clients can view the perimeters as they are updated by the USGS.  If you have any questions on this process please contact your AIR Representative.

According to Cal Fire as of 9:30 a.m. on December 11, the Thomas Fire has destroyed 644 single-family homes and damaged 165 others, and has destroyed 15 commercial buildings. Most schools in both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are closed today.

The Thomas Fire continues to move westward, exhibiting “extreme fire behavior,” according to Cal Fire, and threatening the communities of Carpenteria, Summerland, and Montecito and their environs. According to AccuWeather, Southern California is experiencing the strongest and most prolonged Santa Ana wind event this season. After strengthening over the weekend, the Santa Ana winds have let up somewhat, although windy to breezy conditions continue locally today and should persist through midweek. The windiest times of day will be during the overnight hours. Rain is not in the near-term forecast, and humidity is expected to remain low.

Southern California Wildfires December 2017
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