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Santa Maria Airport sending tankers to fight Thomas Fire

07 December 2017

A Periscope video from photographer Ryan Cullom showed flames on either side of the highway, with cars still driving as usual in both directions.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for people living in the rural areas along Highway 150, who were advised to use that highway to Highway 192 to avoid congestion on Highway 101.

The Goleta Union School District and the Santa Barbara Unified School District have canceled classes for December 7. Hundreds of teachers and staff for SMMUSD became separated from their classrooms when the Skirball Fire broke out near the Getty Center. The red line was the perimeter 24 hours before, and the yellow line was about 48 hours before. Air quality remains poor in Santa Monica and the City urged residents to reduce outdoor and physical activity, canceling outdoor programs.

In the last official tweet of Venture County Fire, it says "Extreme Fire weather continues in Ventura County through Thurs". SMFD sent an engine and a battalion chief to help with the Creek Fire burning in the Sylmar Area late Tuesday night.

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In Los Angeles, the Burning index rating, a daily reading of fire danger, is now at 296, according to fire officials, a record.

All South County schools chose to close Thursday due to the impacts of the Thomas Fire raging in nearby Ventura County, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido said.

"Yesterday they had a hard time getting into the fire because of turbulence", said Jim Kunkle with the Central Coast Jet Center at the Santa Maria Airport, "today they have an opportunity to work the fire, we had two MD-80 7's come in, the DC-10, and I believe you saw an S-2 from CalFire come through".

Santa Maria Airport sending tankers to fight Thomas Fire