Thomas Fire in Ventura Burns 115,000 Acres, Only Five Percent Contained

The Thomas Fire, located north of Los Angeles in Ventura county, has burned about 115,000 acres so far and is still only five percent contained according to fire officials who are battling the blaze for a third day.

Fire authorities say a woman's body was found in a car near Ojai, marking the first death 

Homeowners have been warned by fire officials to be ready to evacuate when the order comes. One man from Ojai said he's loaded up his valuables in his car and he and his family are ready to go once they get the word. 

"When you're out here and you're smelling the smoke, and you're feeling the wind, and you're seeing how close it is. You realize minutes away that everything you own could be gone." 

The fire also created a loss of water pressure in the city's municipal water system which has prompted a boil order from the Casitas Municipal Water District. Residents in the Upper Ojai Valley, Casitas Springs Foster Park and the entire City of Ventura are being advised to boil their tap water to a roiling boil for about 1 minute to ensure the water is safe to drink. 

Sheriff's deputies were going door-to-door in some east Ojai neighborhoods last night telling residents to be prepared to evacuate. Fire officials say they're concerned that the 100,000 acre fire could spread into parts of Ojai and the city of Fillmore later today. 

Authorities say the Thomas fire has already destroyed about 150 structures. 

These are the current EVACUATIONS for the area:

City of Santa Paula - Boundary of Say Road north to Thomas Aquinas, Dickenson Ranch Road east to Santa Paula Creek

Santa Paula unincorporated area, east of Santa Paula Creek, north of highway 126, west of Hall Road to Timber Canyon Road 

City of Santa Paula - Boundary of Monte Vista Street north to city limits, Foothill Road from Steckel to Peck Road to north of city limits

Santa Paula unincorporated area towards Ventura- North of Foothill Road from Peck Road to Wells Road including: Wheeler Canyon, Aliso Canyon and Rancho Vista

City of Ventura - Teloma east to Brent Street, Telegraph Road north to north of Foothill Road

City of Ventura - Victoria Road east to Hill Road, Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road

City of Ventura - North Ashwood Avenue east to Hill Road, Telegraph Road north to Foothill Road

City of Ventura - North of Foothill Road from Wells Road to Poli Street

City of Ventura - North of Main Street from Seward Avenue to Hwy 33 (includes entire Ventura Avenue area)

Oak View - Boundary of Hwy 33, Creek Road and Hermosa Road

Meiners Oaks - North of E. El Roblar between Rice Road and Hwy 33

Entire Community of Casitas Springs - Evacuate to Ventura County Fairgrounds - 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura

East Ojai Valley - Carne Road east to McAndrew Road, Reeves Road north to Thacher Road

Ojai - North of Grand Ave east of Mercer Avenue west of Carne Road and South of the Gridley Trail

Upper Ojai Valley - Hwy 150 from Dennison Grade east to Osborne Road and all residences north

Upper Ojai Valley (West) - Hwy 33 - Matilija Canyon 

Ventura County North Coast Area - Boundary of Hwy 33 on the north to Casitas Vista Road, northwest to Hwy 150, Hwy 150 (Casitas Pass Road) west to US 101 and south on US 101 (including Pacific Coast Highway) to Emma Wood State Beach

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