Santa Maria Airport sending tankers to fight Thomas Fire


NASA's Terra satellite captured an image on Tuesday afternoon showing gray plumes of smoke from the fires, pushed by Santa Ana winds, drifting far out into the Pacific.

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.

Thousands of students stayed home as Santa Monica College, UCLA, and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District canceled classes. Video taken by drivers showed a raging hillside in the dark of night as commuters tried to get across the Sepulveda Pass before the officials shut down the 405 Freeway in Brentwood.

Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind.

The Central Coast Jet Center leases space to the U.S. Forest Service and CalFire to operate firefighting aircraft from the Air Attack Base at the airport.

Above: Map of the Thomas Fire.

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The aerial attack on the Thomas Fire burning out of control in Ventura County is getting some heavy duty reinforcements from the Santa Maria Airport.

Residents like Harp have been traveling toward the fire to help evacuees get out.

Public Information Officer Constance Farrell said local fire and police departments as well as libraries remained fully staffed, despite the number of employees cut off by the closure of the Sepulveda Pass Wednesday.

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

"Everything was just blowing up in front of us", he said.