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The Thomas Fire

The Thomas Fire has burned for more than three weeks, but it got really scary just before dawn on Saturday, December 16, as it raged down the hillsides toward Montecito, pushed by 65-mile-per-hour winds.

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Thornton Fire Chief Everett Watkins, working as an engineer on the Thomas Fire, keeps an eye on flames off of East Mountain Drive on December 16, 2017.

Published on December 16, 2017

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Cooper Boneck (center), one of two Arroyo Grande Hotshots working to cut a fire break up steep terrain in Toro Canyon along side members of Bend Oregon City firefighters, Santa Lucia Crew Seven and Vandenberg Hotshots. (Dec. 12, 2017)

Published on December 12, 2017

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Members of Arroyo Grande Hotshots, Bend Oregon City firefighters, Santa Lucia Crew Seven and Vandenberg Hotshots working to cut a fire break up steep terrain in Toro Canyon. (Dec. 12, 2017)

Published on December 12, 2017

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

Published on December 12, 2017

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Captain Jesse Hendricks with the Vandenberg Hotshots working the Thomas Fire in Toro Canyon Tuesday. (Dec. 12, 2017)

Published on December 12, 2017

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Thomas Fire as seen from Via Real and Hwy 150 in Carpinteria early Sunday morning (Dec. 10, 2017)

Published on December 10, 2017

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The Thomas Fire burns along highway 101 in the Faria Beach area. (Dec. 6, 2017)

Published on December 7, 2017

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Following the Thomas Fire, scorched hills were left with little vegetation from Highway 150 through much of Montecito.

Published on December 10, 2017

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Jonah opts for a respirator to counter the Thomas Fire smoke during his training. (Dec. 7, 2017)

Published on December 7, 2017

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Water-dropping helicopters work the Thomas Fire burning just east of Highway 150 (Dec. 7, 2017)

Published on December 7, 2017

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Highway 192 has many different names, but throughout the Thomas Fire, it was the southern boundary over which the flames did not pass. But as this photo shows, it got damn close (Dec. 10, 2017).

Published on December 10, 2017

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A firefighter gets creative when the water pressure isn't strong enough to reach a burning palm tree. (Dec. 16, 2017)

Published on December 16, 2017

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