WEATHER »
Water dropping helicopters fight the Thomas Fire in Toro Canyon Tuesday. (Dec. 12, 2017)

Paul Wellman

Water dropping helicopters fight the Thomas Fire in Toro Canyon Tuesday. (Dec. 12, 2017)


Helicopters Back Dropping Water on Thomas Fire Leftover


One of the “smokes” left behind by the Thomas Fire in the Santa Barbara front country flamed up early this morning, not far from the KTYD radio tower off Gibraltar Road, said Jim Mackensen, a U.S. Forest Service firefighter out of Mendocino National Forest speaking for fire command. The plume of smoke came from a deep drainage off Gibraltar, well inside the fire containment line, reassured Captain Dave Zaniboni with Santa Barbara County Fire. A county Air Support helicopter was called out this morning to drop water, with more air support coming from the Thomas Fire crews.

The general fire threat is minimal as the winds are calm, Mackensen indicated. “We’re going to see these smokes popping up until we get some rain,” he said, “with these very warm temperatures and low humidities.” Newly added to the fire command arsenal has been a daytime infrared scanner. Previously, hotspot flights had been confined to night hours.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Highway Patrol Bears Gifts to Unity Shoppe

Officers collect and deliver donated children's toys to support service.

Adam Brothers Farm Identified in E. Coli Outbreak

Santa Maria farm recalls romaine and additional produce.

Goleta Swears in New City Leadership

New mayor and new councilmembers step onto the dais.

SBCC Scrapping Remedial Class Requirement

A new state law is designed to boost graduation and transfer rates.

Pot Dispensary Hit with Stop Work Order

City claims construction was done without proper permits.