National Guard Drops Fire Retardant on Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara Hills

19 December, 2017, 07:52 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Rob Lowe invited firefighters over to his Montecito home to thank them for their efforts battling the Thomas Fire

The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Union posted this video, saying their "Canadian friends" were performing the water drop on Flores Flats.

Peterson said they don't want to put people back onto roads and into homes and then have the fire head toward those communities.

A grateful Rob Lowe invited firefighters to a meal after they worked to save his and other multi-million dollar homes in Santa Barbara County, Calif., from a wildfire that has been raging since December 4. One firefighter lost his life, succumbing to smoke inhalation and burns last Thursday near the town of Fillmore in Ventura County.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and a shift in the winds would make for more favorable conditions, a news report said. "Everybody is breathing a sigh of relief that this will give those firefighters a chance to get in there and do some good work, and not just be constantly chasing things", she told Reuters by telephone.

Monday was the first of a two-day window of calm winds in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties where the so-called Thomas Fire has burned for two weeks.


The agency reported that 18,000 structures were still threatened as of Monday, and the fire is 45 percent contained.

But state fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown says before the fire is fully contained, the blaze will nearly certainly become the biggest in state history. The blaze erupted on December 4 and was stoked by hot, dry Santa Ana winds blowing with rare hurricane force from the high desert to the east, spreading the flames across miles of rugged coastal terrain faster than firefighters could keep up.

In the coming days, the focus will remain on protecting Santa Barbara, Montecito and Summerland, where threats still remain. So far, firefighting costs have surpassed $117 million.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Officials share that since July 1, crews have burned 13 square miles of accumulated dry needles, leaves and bark - more than double the amount cleared three years ago.

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