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Sunday's firefight mild compared to Saturday

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The firefight Sunday was a much different scene compared to the intense wind event that kicked up the Thomas Fire, according to fire officials. 

"I think today is just a good day for all the firefighters to take a perspective of what happened yesterday, you know that smoke column was terrifying for a lot of people," said  Amber Anderson, public information officer for Santa Barbara City Fire.

To the contrary, conditions on Sunday were stable and mild. Crews remained plugged into rural and residential neighborhoods.

"They're working on mopping up any hot spots, they're working on mopping up any structures and ensuring that in case we get a wind shift, or conditions change that we'll continue to have the success that we've had in the last couple days," Anderson said.

Along a ridge in the Camino Cielo area, adjacent to Gibraltar Road, dozers continued to reinforce a line, again, on the chance, there's a change in the weather. 

"We have dozer line that's been put in through numerous ridges up here so what they're working is connecting that dozer line to an anchor point such as a row," Anderson said. 

Hand crews were also near those hot spots Sunday cutting line while helicopters dropped water onto the scorched vegetation.

Despite the intense but predicted conditions on Saturday, Anderson says firefighting tactics were going accordingly. 

"The primary plan was to hold it along Gibraltar Road if it came over here and the fire is currently in line with those plans," Anderson said.

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