Southern California Thomas Fire rages on after 2 weeks
Adam Housley reports on the latest efforts to the massive eruption.
The blaze known as the Thomas fire in Southern California is now the largest in the state’s recorded history, fire officials said Saturday evening.
The Thomas fire has raged 273,400 acres, or 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest.
Thomas Brand, is now the largest forest fire in California history, with the current Burned acreage to 273,400 acres, 427 Square miles, with 65% containment. The record Was Previously Held By The #cedarfire That Burned In San Diego County In October 2003 And Burned 273,246 Acres #cawx
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 23, 2017
That makes the Thomas fire 154 acres larger than the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego death of 15 people, officials said.
Thousands of firefighters and fleet of planes that fight against the Thomas blaze since Dec. 4. A firefighter and a woman on the run from the blaze died.
Days of incessant warm, stormy winds driving through Ventura neighborhoods, the burning of entire blocks, and threatened the wealthy enclave of Montecito.
Friday, however, the humidity is higher, temperatures are cooler and the fire threat to homes in many areas to relieve. The fire continued to move slowly through the forest, but the blaze was 65 percent contained.
Fire officials said Saturday that the new growth in the Thomas brand will most likely be attributed to controlled burns by firefighters, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The main fire itself will not be growth,” said Captain Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire department told the newspaper.
California’s list of the worst burn dates only to the 1930s, but an 1889 fire in parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties are considered by many to be the state’s worst fire, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.