fireThe massive Thomas Fire has now grown to a massive 115,000 acres and growing still out of control.  The Southern California wildfire has now entered Santa Barbara County.  This is DECEMBER….not August…and this is turned into being a historical fire month here in the smokey Golden State.  I looked up just how big 115,000 acres are and came up with these factoids…

It’s about one-and-one-third times as big as Philadelphia. In other words, the size of Philadelphia is 0.7519 times 115,000 acres. (a.k.a. Philly, a.k.a. The City of Brotherly Love) (Pennsylvania) The largest city in Pennsylvania as of 2009 and at one time the second-largest city in the British Empire, Philadelphia measures 86,460 acres in total area. The city is known as a center of great historical importance and as the one-time capital of the United States.

It’s about one-and-one-third times as big as The US Virgin Islands. In other words, the size of The US Virgin Islands is 0.741 times 115,000 acres. (a.k.a. United States Virgin Islands, a.k.a. Virgin Islands of the United States) (United States) (total land area)

The US Virgin Islands are an insular area of the United States consisting of the Caribbean islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas, Water Island, and others, which measure 85,500 acres in total land area. The islands are known as popular tourist destinations and as the location of several petroleum refineries.

It’s about one-and-three-fourths times as big as Honolulu. In other words, 115,000 acres is 1.75847 times the size of Honolulu, and the size of Honolulu is 0.568676 times that amount.  (Hawaii) The capital and most-populated city in Hawaii, Honolulu measures 65,397.7 acres in total area. The city is known as the home of numerous tourist attractions, including the ‘Iolani Palace — the only palace to have been occupied by a monarch in the United States — and the USS Arizona Memorial, which commemorates the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941.

It’s about two-and-a-half times as big as American Samoa. In other words, 115,000 acres is 2.34 times the size of American Samoa, and the size of American Samoa is 0.427 times that amount. (a.k.a. Amerika Sāmoa, a.k.a. Sāmoa Amelika) (United States)

American Samoa, a territory of the United States near the nation of Samoa in the South Pacific, measures 49,200 acres in total area. It is known as the home of two major tuna canneries — StarKist and Samoa Packing. 

It’s about two-and-a-half times as big as Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

In other words, 115,000 acres is 2.459 times the size of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the size of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is 0.40667 times that amount.

(a.k.a. Carlsbad Caverns National Park) (Eddy County, New Mexico). The home of the Carlsbad Caverns cave system, the national park of the same name occupies 46,767 acres. James Larkin White, a 19th-century cowboy, explorer, and eventual park ranger discovered the cave and named many of its caverns when he was just sixteen years old.

It’s about two-and-a-half times as big as Washington, D.C.. In other words, 115,000 acres is 2.63 times the size of Washington, D.C., and the size of Washington, D.C. is 0.38 times that amount. (formally the District of Columbia, a.k.a. Washington, a.k.a. the District, a.k.a. DC) (United States)
Thomas Fire Incident Information:Last Updated:December 07, 2017 6:33 pmDate/Time
Started:December 04, 2017 6:28 pmAdministrative Unit:Unified Command: CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire, City of Ventura, Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County Sheriff,County:Ventura CountyLocation:Hwy 150 and Hwy 126, north of Santa PaulaAcres Burned – Containment:115,000 acres – 5% containedStructures Threatened:15,000 structures threatenedStructures Destroyed:73 residential, 3 commercial and 15 outbuildings destroyed, and 14 residential and 1 outbuilding damaged (Numbers are subject to change as assessment is still ongoing.)Evacuations:Evacuation Map12/7/17 AM – See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Cooperating Agencies:CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire, Ventura County Sheriff, City of Ventura Fire Department, City of Ventura Police Department, USFS/Los Padres National Forest, CAL OES, Red Cross, PG&E, CHP, Ventura County Public Works, CALTRANS, California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.Total Fire Personnel: 2,509 Total Fire Engines: 471 Total Fire Crews: 28 Total Helicopters: 12Total Dozers:  26 Total Water Tenders: 7 Incident Management Team: CAL FIRE IMT-4Long/Lat:-119.09124/34.41521

Conditions: The fire continues to burn actively with extreme rates of spread and long range spotting when pushed by winds. The fire is established on the north and east side of Hwy 150 and is also burning on the west side of Hwy 30. The fire has pushed northwest of Ventura and has reached the Hwy 101. Firefighters continue to work aggressively to protect life and property while working on control efforts around the fire perimeter.

SCHOOL CLOSURES: For the most current district and school closures, please visit Ventura County Office of Education.

12/7/17 AM – See the latest Incident Update for more information on this fire.

Phone Numbers(805) 465-6650 (Thomas Fire Information Line )

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