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Water drops 'effective' at eliminating Thomas Fire hot spots

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While containment of the Thomas Fire remained at 92 percent Thursday morning, fire officials say infrared surveillance shows water drops earlier this week were effective at reducing hot spots in the Hartman Ranch and Rose Valley areas. 

If weather allows, additional aerial surveillance will be done Thursday to assess changes to the burn area from recent rainfall.

The fire, which broke out a month ago now in the Santa Paula area before making its way into Santa Barbara County, has blackened 281,893 acres. More than 1,060 structures were destroyed and 280 others damaged.

Crews continue working to repair landscape that was impacted by containment lines and the overall firefight. 

In Santa Barbara County this week, sweepers have started the process of cleaning up ash from county road.

Twelve-hundred pounds of ash was reportedly swept up Tuesday in a portion of Montecito. 

Officials say crews will be targeting curbs and gutters along high-volume roads and other areas near the burn area.

Thursday, sweepers will be in downtown Summerland.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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