Firefighters brace for the second week of forest fires in California

LOS ANGELES – Officials say that the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week.

The Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles has burned more than 270 square miles, prompted tens of thousands of evacuations and destroyed almost 800 structures.

The fire, which began Dec. 4 is 15 percent contained. It was fueled by dry Santa Ana winds that spit fire ahead of fire lines.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown says the inclusion number will likely go down not because of a lack of progress, but by the fire of the anticipated growth.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts up to 40 km / h are expected until Monday.

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