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Thomas Fire Burns for 12th Day, Amid Longest Red Flag Warning on Record

People watch as a plane makes a drop in Carpinteria on the Thomas Fire during the week of Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

People watch as a plane makes a drop in Carpinteria on the Thomas Fire during the week of Dec. 11, 2017. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

As crews battling the deadly Thomas fire girded for a difficult weekend of firefighting, Los Angeles and Ventura counties ended their 12th consecutive day of red flag fire warnings Friday — the longest sustained period of fire weather warnings on record.

“We put out plenty of red flag warnings, but we haven’t seen them out 12 days in a row. That’s unusual,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan. “This has been the longest duration event that we have had a red flag warning out without any breaks.”

A drive up Toro Canyon Road in Carpinteria reveals how methodically firefighters are working to protect homes on this side of the mountains ahead of winds that could bring the Thomas fire this way in the next 48 hours.

The roads are sprinkled with shards of tree branch and flakes of dead grass. The bushes and trees on the south-facing hill on Viola Lane got a buzz to within inches of the soil.

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