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Firefighters Say No New Thomas Fire Issues From Sundowners; SB County Evacuations Lifted

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)
A Santa Barbara County firefighter in the mountains above Santa Barbara

Firefighters have good news about efforts to stop the massive Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

There was big concern about the potential for strong sundowner winds Wednesday night and early Thursday morning kicking up embers from the blaze in Santa Barbara’s foothills. More than 150 fire engines and 38 strike teams were deployed to watch for spot fires. No serious problems were reported, and at 9 Thursday morning, all remaining evacuation orders in Santa Barbara County were lifted.

Firefighters are still concerned about Santa Ana winds, which could develop in Ventura County. But, they say fire lines in areas where there are homes are secure.

The fire officially remains at 272,000 acres burned, and 60% containment.