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Lighter winds give Thomas Fire crews short window to make progress

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Firefighters at the Thomas Fire will be taking advantage of more favorable weather conditions early this week. 

Winds backed off Sunday, allowing crews to gain more ground after Saturday's major wind event. 

The forecast calls for lighter winds Monday and Tuesday in Santa Barbara County. 

Shifting winds will generally be under 10 mph with a few stronger gusts. 

A little onshore sea breeze will push in Monday afternoon. Winds will shift lightly offshore by the evening. 

Winds remains gusty over Ventura County where a wind advisory is in place until 9:00 a.m. Monday. North to northeast winds 15-35 mph will continue through mid-morning.

Crews can expect similar conditions Tuesday but a major change arrives Wednesday. 

Another wind event, similar to Saturday's, will whip wind speeds up to 20-30 mph sustained out of the north-north east. Gusts will be 40-55 mph with isolated gusts to 60 mph.

Firefighter tactics may change with the arrival of Wednesday's strong winds in order to keep crews safe. 

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