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Firefighters fight Thomas fire in the Los Padres National Forest (photos)

The Thomas fire, currently the most destructive active wildfire in Southern California, has pushed into Santa Barbara County and forced the evacuations of thousands.
On Saturday, firefighters set backfires to try and cut off the path of the flames.  Here are some photos of the crews’ efforts:
Huge smoke clouds rise into the sky at the Thomas fire Saturday. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)The sun sets behind the thick smoke of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area Saturday. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)Huge smoke clouds rise into the sky at the Thomas fire Saturday. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)Huge smoke clouds rise into the sky at the Thomas fire Saturday. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)U.S. Forest fire crews fight fire with fire as they set off huge backfires to cut off the northern flank of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area on Saturday. Dec. 9, 2017 in the Los Padres National Forest. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)The sun sets behind the thick smoke of the Thomas fire near Rose Valley recreation area Saturday. The Thomas Fire has spread to near 150,000 acres. (Photo by Gene Blevins for the Los Angeles DailyNews/SCNG)Show Caption of Expand
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