Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history

Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history

The fire previously topped Cal Fire's list of the top 20 largest wildfires in California, the oldest entry on which dates to 1932.

The Thomas wildfire in California has now become the largest in the state's history. It started in Ventura County and has been moving across Santa Barbara County.

It's an area that's already bigger than the size of New York City.

Cal Fire says the flames have burned through 1,063 buildings and is just 65 percent contained after starting on December 4th. And the cost is sure to grow, given the inferno was 70% contained over the weekend. The local team worked to protect 1,500 homes, reporting thirteen homes were lost in the massive firefight.

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Deadline adds that the Thomas fire threatened celebrity havens Montecito and Santa Barbara, with almost 100,000 evacuated and a slew of famous names showing gratitude to firefighters battling the blaze and trying to save the area.

The Nevada Department of Corrections and Nevada Division of Forestry, which run conservation camps, sent six trained crews of minimum security inmates to help.

This year is the worst on record for wildfire devastation in California.

The state sent firefighters south as part of a mutual-aid agreement that brought California firefighters to assist with OR wildfires last summer. Residents on Highway 33 between Rose Valley north to Hartman Ranch remain under a voluntary evacuation warning due to fire activity in the nearby areas. Damage has topped $10 billion - and that was before the current fires began in Southern California.

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