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Thomas Fire containment reported at 86 percent

New Mexico firefighters return home from California Thomas Fire largest wildfire in California history at 273400 acres
Lindsey Cook | 26 December, 2017, 10:25

With no strong winds helping the fire spread, firefighters expect to be able to contain the fire heading into Christmas Day.

A southern California wildfire that has burned hundreds of thousands of acres outside Los Angeles over the last three weeks is the largest in the state's history, fire officials said Friday.

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

A unified command comprised of CAL FIRE, Ventura County Fire, Los Padres National Forest and Ventura City Fire reports that the Thomas Fire has burned 273,400 acres and is 78% contained.

They have been fighting one of California's most destructive wildfires since December 4 - three weeks of arduous work in hot, dry, windy and risky conditions.

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The so-called Thomas fire has blazed through 110,641 hectares, surpassing the previous record of the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that scorched 110,578 hectares and killed 15 people, they said.

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire as it is also known, this late 2017 Thomas fire is now the largest wildfire on the books. Temperatures are expected to reach the low- to mid-70s next week in Santa Barbara.

Roughly 1,600 firefighters remain on the line.

Despite more than 2,500 firefighters still battling the blaze, it remains only 65 percent contained.

One of the trees was knocked down by wind during the summer, the other one survived the fire. "Any growth that we see or is reflected in the acreage will be based on the control burns".

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