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Thomas Fire Rages for Over a Week

12 Dec 2017, 11:41 am

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday evening on December 5th. It has been racing across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for over a week and is now the 5th largest wildfire in California state history.

The fire grew over 50,000 acres in under 24 hours and continues to grow this Tuesday.

Now last week, fire broke out across Southern California but thankfully most are almost completely contained… except the Thomas Fire.

2344,200 acres or about 366 square miles is larger than the city of New York, NY or even the entire island of Nantucket.

Since the fire started it has destroyed 794 structures and damaged 187. 18,000 are still threatened as 6942 firefighters continue to endlessly battle the flames.

Santa Ana winds will remain strong but as the ridge across the west  begins to break down, relief may be in sight but not soon enough. Winds will still stir the fire away from major communities which is a help to the firefighters.

The Fire Weather Outlook for today and tomorrow remain elevated but decrease in area each day as the pressure gradient decreases. 

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