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Thomas Fire now fourth-largest fire in California state history

Posted at 1:20 PM, Dec 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-14 16:20:54-05

More than 8,500 firefighters are still battling fires in southern California, 8,100 of which are at the Thomas Fire.

The Thomas Fire, now the fourth largest in California history and eighth most destructive, has burned through nearly 269,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,200 structures.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect from Ventura down to San Diego and extend upward into the Sierra Nevada. Humidity in these areas remains dangerously low with wind gusts up to 50 mph.

Fires of interest remain as follows:

  1. Thomas Fire:
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​242,500 acres, 30 percent contained
    • Evacuations and road closures in effect
    • 18,000 homes threatened, 95,000 residents evacuated
  2. Lilac Fire:
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​4,100 acres, 97 percent contained
    • Evacuations and road closures have been lifted
  3. Creek Fire:
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​15,619 acres, 98 percent contained
  4. Skirball Fire:
    • 422 acres, 92 percent contained