MONTECITO, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department spent much of the day notifying residents of the mandatory evacuation order in effect near the Whittier, Sherpa, and Thomas Fire burn zones.
"One down, about 3,600 to go," said Deputy Shane Moore as he knocked on a door in the mandatory evacuation zone. Moore and Deputy Derrick Graham are just one of dozens of teams tasked with going door-to-door in the mandatory evacuation zone.
"We're letting all the resident's know the potential for the rain storms, and just trying to get ahead of the curve and get them out as soon as possible," said Moore.
Door after door, gate after gate the pair walked for hours alerting whoever they could of the mandatory evacuation order.
"If the person is not home. We will tape this on their door. We will let them know if they do come by and will try to evacuate them. We will also let other officers know we've already been here," said deputy Derrick Graham.
Although a tedious task for the sheriff's department, it seems like the majority of people are listening and evacuating.
Along with knocking on doors, county officials are sending out text and other social media alerts to notify residents.