The Burning West: The Thomas Fire in Southern California

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The Burning West: The Thomas Fire in Southern California

Fire engulfs a tree in the Thomas Fire in Southern California. Source: Cal Fire

Fire engulfs a tree in the Thomas Fire in Southern California. Source: Cal Fire

Fire engulfs a tree in the Thomas Fire in Southern California. Source: Cal Fire

Fire engulfs a tree in the Thomas Fire in Southern California. Source: Cal Fire

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The Thomas Fire is on course to become California’s largest wildfire in history. The southern California fire has currently burned 272,000 acres and destroyed over 1,000 structures.

According to Cal Fire the Thomas Fire is 55% contained but continues to burn through the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Thomas fire has also burned for 2 weeks and has also recorded 2 deaths, one being a California firefighter.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Gregoria says California’s long drought has caused everything to become extremely dry with “record levels,” and “No one should be burning outdoors,” Gregoria said.

The largest fire in recorded state history is 2003’s Cedar fire, which burned 273,246 acres in San Diego County, killed 15 people and destroyed over 2,800 structures. Currently the Thomas Fire stands at second, but continues to burn rapidly by the minute. The fire has caused several evacuations in the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as well as many school district and road closures.

More than 6,800 firefighters are battling the 130 million dollar fire, including two Summit and Park County firefighters have joined in the fight. For now California continues to fight the fire and waits for a break in the midst of the blaze.

 

A Fire Truck Attempts to fight off Massive Flames in the Midst of the Fire. Source: Cal Fire Twitter

Sources: Cal Fire, National Weather Service, Inciweb

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