Thomas fire, the largest of six blazes burning in southern California, has destroyed almost 800 buildings and remains only 15% contained
’s biggest wildfire continues to burn out of control, triggering fresh evacuations as firefighters battle a total of six blazes that collectively have scorched an area bigger than New York City and Boston combined. The week-old Thomas fire in Ventura county had covered 230,500 acres by Monday, destroying almost 800 buildings and threatening Carpinteria, Summerland, Montecito and other coastal enclaves north of Los Angeles. It is the fifth-biggest wildfire in California’s modern history – and only 15% contained.
Latest CA Wildfire Stats: Fires: 5 Acres: 200,000 Structures: 834 Firefighters: 9,000 Evacuations: 98,000 Homes threatened: 25,000 Video:
Crews battling a massive wind-driven California wildfire that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing on Monday to protect communities menaced by flames along the state's scenic coastline.
Massive wildfire torches nearly 800 buildings and destroys 230,000 acres along coastline as firefighters battle the flames Crews battling that has torched nearly 800 buildings and charred 230,000 acres are bracing to protect towns near Santa Barbara menaced by flames along the state’s scenic coastline. The Thomas fire ignited last week and is burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, about 100 miles north-west of Los Angeles.
Officials say 270-square mile Thomas fire subject to strong wind gusts
As southern California entered its second week engulfed in flames, fire officials said they anticipated more growth and danger due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation.
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Residents of coastal towns ordered to evacuate early Sunday, as Thomas fire edges closer to Santa Barbara after blackening 155,000 acres The largest advanced on coastal towns near Santa Barbara on Sunday, stoked by the gusty winds and dry conditions that have fueled destructive blazes across the south of the state. Authorities ordered residents in parts of Carpinteria and Montecito to evacuate early on Sunday as the Thomas fire edged closer to the city of Santa Barbara, about 100 miles west of Los Angeles. The blaze has already blackened 155,000 acres and consumed hundreds of structures.
Horses at the San Luis Rey training centre in San Diego fled from their enclosure as wildfires engulf the area. Volunteers loosened the fence of a pen enclosing the animals who quickly ran away, panicked by the thick smoke