Update: Thomas Fire Sets Record as Largest Fire in California History Burning Nearly 275,000 Acres

The California wildfire that has been burning now for 2 and a half weeks has just become the largest fire in the states history. Now having scorched 273,400 acres, the Thomas fire has surmounted the far more destructive 2003 Cedar fire responsible for killing 15 and destroying 2,820 structures across 273,246 acres.

Recent Cal Fire statistics updates now show a total of 1,063 structures, including more than 700 homes, have been destroyed in the Thomas fire. Since it started, the fire has claimed the life of a 32 year old firefighter, who died from burns and smoke inhalation.

The fires natural growth is basically over as firefighters are now starting their own fires to create a barrier in effort to contain the remaining portions of the fire. Last reports had the fire contained at 65%.

READ MORE:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-wildfires/california-wildfire-becomes-largest-on-record-in-the-state-idUSKBN1EH026

https://nypost.com/2017/12/23/deadly-california-wildfire-now-largest-blaze-in-states-history/

http://www.calfire.ca.gov/

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