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Thomas Fire 88 percent contained, holds at 281,620 acres

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Fire officials say the Thomas Fire is now 88 percent contained and has held at 281,620 acres.

Officials say there is very little active fire at this time and don't expect the fire to move forward.  Firefighters are continuing to strengthen containment lines near communities, however there are still hotspots in the Bear Heaven area.  Due to areas of rugged terrain, water drops from air support will continue as needed and will be available if there is a flare-up or a new fire starts in the area.

With work underway to repair damage caused by the fire and fire suppression activity, officials are encouraging residents and visitors to visit Santa Barbara, Ventura and other fire affected areas to support local businesses.  Air quality reports show conditions are healthy for outdoor activities like visiting the Los Padres National Forest, though some areas remain closed to the public.

Officials also warn that residents in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties may see an increase in displaced wildlife entering into communities due to the Thomas Fire.  If you encounter these animals stay a safe distance away, do not feed the animals, and call 9-1-1 if the animal or animals are perceived to be a threat to humans.

Due to dry conditions, residents may be able to see smoke from hotspots.  Around 30 oil seep fires have ignited in Upper Ojai and continue to burn, causing air quality issues in the area mixed with ash and smoke from the Thomas Fire.  Officials hope a foam product that they've ordered will extinguish the oil seep fires.

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