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Thomas Fire crews prepped, ready for winds

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Over the past three days, weather conditions have been favorable for fire crews on the Thomas Fire, according to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Robert Foxworthy. With an expected wind event Wednesday night, fire officials say fire personnel have been prepping for this.

That means that for the past three days, work has continued on the ground and from the air. One area they've been focusing on is along Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara. 

"We actually gained some containment over last night through the Montecito area and actually on the north side of the incident near the Camino Cielo," Foxworthy said.

He says the priority remains over the Santa Barbara area. 

"The last days previous to this upcoming wind event, we've had great conditions," Foxworthy said. "Large number of crews getting in there, mopping up those hot spots getting those areas of concern taken care of."

Back at incident command at Lake Cachuma, a Christmas tree with a CAL FIRE tree topper is providing a little bit of holiday cheer.

"Fire personnel are a little antsy to get home for the holidays," said Ryan DiGuilio, the fire facility unit leader at Lake Cachuma incident command.

Before some can go home to their families, the work they've done over the last few days is being put to the test. 

"So now this wind event is really a test to see if the lines that were put in will hold," DiGuilio said.

Compared to Saturday's destructive winds, this time could be different.

"We're going into this incident a little bit ahead compared to where we were at last time," Foxworthy said.

He wants to remind locals in the Santa Barbara area to be close to the TV and their phones to stay up-to-date on these changing weather conditions heading into the rest of the night Wednesday.

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