As the 259,000-acre Thomas Fire, now the third largest wildfire in California history, continues to threaten areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, first responders from San Luis Obispo County are stepping up to help.
In response to a mutual aid request from the California Office of Emergency Services, at least 30 responders from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, as well as police from San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Paso Robles and Cuesta College, have joined the more than 8,300 emergency workers already fighting the fire.
The Atascadero Fire Department also has a contingent of firefighters on the scene.
The fire has grown to 259,000 acres and has placed portions of Santa Barbara County under mandatory evacuation as winds picked up Saturday morning. A red flag warning is in effect through the weekend.