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California Fires Update: Thomas Blaze Is Now Among Worst Wildfires in State's Modern Era

Graham Lanktree
California Fires Update: Thomas Blaze Is Now Among Worst Wildfires in State's Modern Era

A wildfire sweeping across California is now bigger than New York City and along with six other blazes has consumed more than 1,000 buildings and forced thousands—including many of the state's celebrity residents— from their homes. The Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County alone has destroyed 683 homes and is burning across 231,700 acres. Firefighters fought the blaze as it burned up kilometers of dry brush and timber and grew to a size that places it among the top five largest California fires of the modern era. More than 98,000 people have been evacuated in Southern California.