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IN THE THICK OF IT: Gaviota resident Josh fills bucket after bucket with oil. He and others said they’ve found pockets of crude east of the spill as the wind and the waves push the slick further down the coast. “We need to hold the line,” he said. Citing health concerns, officials are asking would-be volunteers to steer clear of the beaches and to call (877) 823-6926 if they spot any oiled animals.

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