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Thomas Fire officials: Containment lines hold during overnight wind event

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The threatening wind conditions near Santa Barbara put Thomas Fire crews on high alert Wednesday night into Thursday, but the outcome was much different from this past weekend's flare-up.

Fire officials say the containment work they've done since the weekend helped prevent another large spot fire from brewing up this time around.

"The work that the crews did, combined with the increase in humidity, really squashed the fire, and we saw no progress out there," explained Amber Anderson, Thomas Fire public information officer.

Back-burning operations are still going strong in the woodland area on the north end of the fire and Anderson says they have a strategy in place.

"Once we finish doing work here in this triangle, the last remaining pieces to tie in off of Highway 33 is this red line. We're going to bring in fire down in this fashion. With the winds pushing down out of the north this direction, the fire that we set is going to burn back into itself," she said, pointing to a map of the fire containment lines.

Anderson also says that latest containment effort has put an end to any more structure damage.

"We're seeing a lot of smiling faces today, that's for sure. I think everybody was holding their breath the last 24 hours wondering what was going to happen with that wind event," she said.

The positive news couldn't have come at a better time with Christmas right around the corner.

"The worst is behind us and I think we're all very happy and excited for the holiday season, especially those that get to go home during this time of year," Anderson said.

Fire crews are still aiming at Jan. 7 for full containment.
 

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