A month to the day after it started, firefighters are continuing efforts to contain the huge Thomas brush fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
The fire’s statistics haven’t changed much in the last few days, with nearly 282,000 acres burned, and 92% containment.
The focus remains on the northeaster corner of the blaze, in the Los Padres National Forest, where helicopter water drops are being used to control hot spots in some inaccessible mountain areas.
Federal and state teams are busy trying to identify areas which may be at risk for flash flooding and debris flows. The information will be used by Santa Barbara and Ventura County officials to develop emergency preparedness plans.