Saturday, 20 January, 2018

The Thomas Fire Is Now The Biggest In California's History

Thomas Fire largest wildfire in California history at 273400 acres Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history
Cristina Norman | 26 December, 2017, 10:25

Firefighters have been battling the flames for almost three weeks in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and are expected to continue working around the clock until January 7, fire officials said.

Authorities encouraged residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to be mindful of an increase in wildlife displaced by the fire that may be seen roaming in local communities.

Map of the north side of the Thomas Fire, December 23, 2017.

That's the size of the Thomas Fire, the largest one ripping across Southern California. Temperatures are expected to reach the low- to mid-70s next week in Santa Barbara. It's torched an area much larger than New York City.

More than 1,000 homes and other structures have been destroyed, the majority of them in Ventura County.

At least 18,000 structures were threatened by the Thomas Fire, according to Cal Fire. With no strong winds helping the fire spread, firefighters expect to be able to contain the fire heading into Christmas Day.

A couple of apartment buildings also burned down.

The Nevada Department of Corrections and Nevada Division of Forestry, which run conservation camps, sent six trained crews of minimum security inmates to help.

This year has been the costliest for wildfires in USA history.

There are now no mandatory evacuation orders in effect. It started near Thomas Aquinas College in the Steckel Park area of Santa Paula, quickly spreading into Ventura and prompting hundreds of evacuations. Damage has topped $10 billion - and that was before the current fires began in Southern California.

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