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Days of toil bring hard-won profits on a large California fire

LOS ANGELES – the Fire department finally eked out the progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest brands in the history of California.

If the fire to stretch out in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties went into the 10th day, the crews had cut containment lines around a quarter of the.

But the wildfire still raged Tuesday, threatening thousands of homes and stranding tens of thousands of refugees.

The so-called Thomas brand, one of the many fires around the state, has burned more than 900 structures, at least 700 of them at home. And it has extended over nearly 370 square miles (958 sq. kilometers) of territory, making it the fifth largest in history.

Elsewhere, fire officials announced that the cooking fire at a homeless camp led to a blaze last week that destroyed six homes in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Arson investigators determined that the so-called Skirball fire near the world-famous Getty museum was started by an illegal fire in a camp in the near of a highway, overpass, city fire Capt. Erik Scott said.

The camp was empty when the fire brigade found the but people apparently had been sleeping and cooking there at least a few days, ” he said.

Back on the largest of the fires, firefighters protected foot homes while the fire grew mainly in the forest of Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason said.

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a shortage of moisture were extended during the week, with a possible increase of the wind gusts Thursday to Friday.

Evacuations continue for the coastal enclave of Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria and the inland agricultural town of Fillmore.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Eric Burdon and his wife, Marianna, of Ojai, were among the people who fled the smoke Tuesday. Last week, Burdon wrote on Facebook about the flights and return temporarily to their home still standing with ash in the round.

“A week like this gives you the perspective that life is what really counts,” he wrote.

A photo with the post showed his handprint and signature are written in the ashes.

Residents in the vicinity of a Carpinteria avocado orchard said the tree could end up saving their homes.

“You have a thick layer of leaves under the soil and they are watered regularly, so it’s like a sponge,” Jeff Dreyer, who lives nearby, told KEYT-TV. “So the fire gets to the sponge full of water and it slows down.”

Officials masks handed out to those who stayed behind in Montecito, an exclusive community of approximately 75 miles (120 km) of Los Angeles, which is home to stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Drew Barrymore. Actor Rob Lowe was among the residents who evacuated in the weekend.

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AP reporter John Antczak contributed to this report.

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