Thomas Fire Evacuation Shelter Set Up at UCSB Rec Center

Red Cross has set up a shelter at the UCSB Rec Cen's Multi-Activity Court. (Photo by Alex Yam/Photo Editor)

Shomik Mukherjee
News Editor

The multi-activity court (MAC) at the UCSB Recreation Center will serve as an evacuation shelter for those displaced from their homes by the Thomas Fire, a county representative said Tuesday.

The Thomas Fire has burned in parts of Ventura County and the Ojai Valley since Monday, blazing over 50,000 acres and resulting in at least one fatality at the time of this post. Thousands in Ventura County have left their homes due to calls for mandatory evacuation.

An additional evacuation shelter has been set up at the MAC “at the request” of Ventura County, said County of Santa Barbara Communications Manager Gina DePinto in an email sent out Tuesday afternoon.

The MAC sits near the back of the UCSB Rec Cen complex and serves as a court for a number of sports, including basketball, roller hockey and indoor soccer. The full address for the MAC, which the county provided to evacuees, is the following:

516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Shomik Mukherjee
Shomik Mukherjee worked at The Bottom Line as News Editor (2017), Executive Managing Editor (2016-17) and Opinions Editor (2015-16). He didn't regret a single day.


  1. Are donations currently being accepted similar to Ventura fair grounds? Where any clothes, blankets, sheets, food, water, and so on is needed?

  2. Do they allow pets such as CATS inside the evacuation center at UCSB. I am highly allergic and so are many others. We are not in need now but I would like to know if we are in need.
    Also do they allow you to plug in a CPAP which is a medical device for sleeping.

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