Cooler Weather Helping Firefighters With Massive Thomas Fire; Map Shows Progression Of Blaze

Jan 1, 2018

Cooler weather is supporting efforts by firefighters to get full containment of the massive Thomas brush fire.

The nearly 282,000 acre brush fire is 92% contained.

About 500 people continue to work towards full containment of the fire. The focus remains on the northeast corner of the blaze, in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire is burning in rugged terrain, making it difficult to stop. However, there has been little fire movement in the area during the last few days.

There a slight chance of rain early Wednesday, but the opportunity for rain is predicted to be strong north of Point Conception.  Another, slightly better chance of rain for the fire zone could come this weekend.

Some 279 miles of containment lines have been built for what is the largest modern-day brush fire in the state’s history.