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The Latest: Crews gain on California fire, but the threat remains

LOS ANGELES – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):

5:30 pm

After the announcement of the increased containment on one of the largest wildfires in California history, officials say that the communities remain at risk and the threat could increase if unpredictable winds whip again.

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a shortage of moisture is increased, 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.

Officials announced Tuesday night that crews had cut containment lines around a quarter of the blaze regarding Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The so-called Thomas fire has burned more than 900 structures, at least 700 of them at home. It stretches nearly 370 square miles (958 sq. kilometers) from Southern California, making it the fifth largest in history.

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