Thomas Fire Is California's Biggest In Recorded History At 273000 Acres

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Santa Barbara County Firefighters haul dozens of pounds of hose and equipment down steep terrain below E. Camino Cielo to root out and extinguish smoldering hot spots in Santa Barbara Ca

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Santa Barbara County Firefighters haul dozens of pounds of hose and equipment down steep terrain below E. Camino Cielo to root out and extinguish smoldering hot spots in Santa Barbara Ca

One firefighter and one civilian have died during the Thomas Fire.

The so-called Thomas Fire burning in parts of Southern California now ranks as the largest wildfire on record in the state.

Earlier this week 300 Oregon firefighters deployed to California through the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal came home and were demobilized.

Above: The perimeter of the 427-square-mile fire overlaid on the Bay Area.

The Thomas Fire was concentrated near the celebrity havens of Montecito and Santa Barbara, with more than 100,000 people evacuated and damages to date estimated at more than $120 million.

Authorities encouraged residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to be mindful of an increase in wildlife displaced by the fire that may be seen roaming in local communities. The Cedar fire had been recognized as the biggest California wildfire in terms of acreage since 1932.

OR sent the largest out-of-state group of personnel to help combat the fire, which started on December 4.

It was 70% contained as of Saturday evening, with almost 1,600 firefighters working to put it out, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

About 1,500 off the 8,500 firefighters are still assigned to the fire being fought from the air and on the ground.

"Those (other) fires burned for weeks and weeks and this fire is only a few weeks old", he said.

The fire is 55 percent contained. It started near Thomas Aquinas College in the Steckel Park area of Santa Paula, quickly spreading into Ventura and prompting hundreds of evacuations.

"The main fire itself will not have any growth", Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times.

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