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Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in Santa Barbara County Due to Thomas Fire

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County due to the Thomas fire. 

In addition, Santa Barbara County was issued a Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with the mitigation, management, and control of the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas Fire which began Monday in Ventura County, has spread to the Santa Barbara County line threatening homes and other structures and forcing the evacuation of residents in Santa Barbara County. 

The governor's action by declaring a state of emergency is an essential step when dealing with this significant incident. This action recognizes the magnitude of this emergency and helps facilitate state funding which supports necessary resources and efforts needed to control the Thomas Fire and ensure the safety of our county. 

The receipt of the Fire Management Assistance Grant funding allows additional mutual aid support of state and local resources. 

Santa Barbara County officials have worked hard to ensure that we are maximizing our reimbursement opportunities for this incident. 

“Supporting our firefighters and other first responders to protect the public is the County's top priority, as well as preventing damage to structures, infrastructure, our rich agricultural resources, and our critical watersheds,” said Robert Lewin, Director for the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

Both actions help to provide the resources necessary to support efforts of keeping our community safe and demonstrates the partnership we have with the state and federal government.

The Thomas Fire continues to threaten Santa Barbara County. The fire is burning on the north and east side of Highway 150 and is also burning on the west side of Highway 33.

The fire has been burning along the 101 freeway to the Santa Barbara county line as well as in the back country west of Ojai. 

As of Friday morning, more than 132,000 acres have burned and the fire is 10-percent contained. 

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