Thomas Fire

Saturday winds worsen fire threat for Montecito

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CalFire

A brush fire exploded on December 4 into a fierce wildfire burning just under 400 square miles from Santa Paula to the hills above Santa Barbara. Fire officials have updated evacuation maps for Ventura County and Santa Barbara County. Over 8,300 firefighters are on the scene battling the blaze, with containment now at 40 percent. 

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Over one hundred thousand people are now evacuated from the Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But workers in the area’s agricultural fields stayed on the job, breathing in smoke and ash as they pick strawberry and celery crops.