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Crews use backfires to help fight Thomas Fire

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Along Highway 150 in Ventura County Friday morning, flames from the Thomas Fire were met with flames from fire crews' torches. 
 
Firefighters were conducting a backfiring operation.
 
"Any time that we can use some type of strategy or tactic like that we will use it if it's a safe manner to do so," said public information officer David Clark. 
 
In these type of backfire operations, crews put fire on the ground ahead of the main body of fire. By removing all vegetation, fire crews hope to slow down or completely put out the main fire.

Later in the afternoon, another backfire was set on a hillside near Carpinteria, one of the areas where the fire was active overnight.
 
"Crews will be in the area trying to mitigate the fire and just getting hot spots and keeping a fire to a minimum," Clark said. 
 
Officials say the main concerns going into the evening and nighttime hours are the far north, east and western flanks of the fire. The area of the fire that has been contained as of Friday is in southeast between Ventura and Santa Paula.

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