Santa Barbara fires

Southern California Wildfire Closes Hotels

The Thomas fire is gradually being contained but mandatory evacuation is still in effect.


The Thomas fire in Santa Barbara County, Calif., is officially the worst wildfire in the state's history, causing more than 100,000 people to evacuate and covering 272,000 acres.

As of December 20, 60 percent of the fire has been contained.

The emergency, which claimed the life of one firefighter, has caused many hotels in the area to closed, including the properties below.

The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, a meeting and luxury hotel with more than 15,000 square feet of event space, known for its for car launches and other automotive-related events, is closed due to poor air quality in the area.  The hotel is scheduled to reopen on April 1. 

The San Ysidro Ranch will be closed until 2018 due to ash from the fire. The hotel’s website posted a message explaining, “We have not yet been impacted directly by the incident, however significant levels of ash, smoke, and other airborne particles necessitate our taking extra steps to ensure the health and safety of all our guests and our staff. We will be performing an extensive cleaning to all guest and staff areas. This necessitates the closure of the Ranch at this time, please note it will be closed for business through Christmas and New Year’s. We are currently assessing the requirements and timeframe for the restoration of the Ranch, to ensure that our facility and guest areas exceed the standards we expect for our guests.”

The Belmond El Encanto is closed because of mandatory evacuation but may be able to reopen on December 26.

Two hotels in nearby Ojai have closed until 2018. The Oaks at Ojai and the Ojai Valley Inn are closed until January to clean up smoke damage and airborne debris.

Track road closures and mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas here: Thomas Fire and Information Updates.




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