Light Winds, Smoldering Brush Spark Flare-Up Within Thomas Fire Burn Area

California’s biggest fire on record refuses to die.

Firefighters work on clearing out brush while a helicopter makes a water drop on a Thomas Fire hot spot in the Santa Ynez Mountains on Dec. 29, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters work on clearing out brush while a helicopter makes a water drop on a Thomas Fire hot spot in the Santa Ynez Mountains on Dec. 29, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

On Friday morning, a smoldering area of the Thomas Fire came back to life when light winds ignited a patch of unburned vegetation, sending plumes of smoke into the air over Santa Barbara, according to U.S. Forest Service public information officer Jim Mackensen.

Initial reports indicated the fire was started by a burning log that had rolled down into brush, but officials said Friday afternoon that that appeared not to be the case.

The flames spread near Gibraltar Road, a windy mountain pass loaded with million-dollar homes surrounded by grass, bushes and trees. No homes were immediately in danger but crews weren’t taking any chances, Mackensen said.

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