Milder weather continues to help firefighters trying to get full containment of the huge Thomas Fire, burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
Containment remains at 92% on the nearly 282,000 acre blaze. The containment and acreage burned figures haven’t changed significantly in the last few days.
Fire lines have been in place for weeks around areas like Montecito, Ventura, Santa Paula, and Fillmore, but the northeast corner of the fire in the Los Padres National Forest continues to have hot spots.Rugged terrain has made it impossible to build lines in that area, so helicopter water drops are being used to limit flareups.
Nearly 500 people are still involved in firefighting efforts.
More than 1,000 structures have been destroyed by the fire which started December 4th.