The Last Big California wildfire continues to grow

SANTA BARBARA, California. – The Latest on the huge wildfire burning in Southern California (all times are local):

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The enormous wildfire burning for almost two weeks in the north-west of Los Angeles continues to grow.

California fire officials say the early Friday the fire has scorched more than 394 square miles (1,020 sq. km).

The inferno began Dec. 4 in Ventura County, and the distribution in Santa Barbara County, destroying more than 970 homes and other structures as it became the fourth largest wildfire in California history.

A 32-year-old firefighter working the fire was on Thursday killed, but officials have not yet released any information about the circumstances.


12:15 pm

A 32-year-old firefighter assigned to the largest wildfire burning in Southern California has died.

Officials would not say how Cory Iverson was killed Thursday.

The massive blaze he was working northwest of Los Angeles has become the fifth largest in the history of California. And the dry, windy conditions that helped the spread of the not the way to go.

Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in San Diego. He is survived by his pregnant wife and a 2-year-old daughter.

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