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Thomas Fire In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Becomes Largest In State History

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The destructive Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is now the largest in the state’s history.

The fire reached 273,400 acres Saturday, eclipsing San Diego’s Cedar fire in 2003 as California’s largest blaze. The blaze remains at 65% contained. Full containment isn’t expected until January 7th.

The blaze is continuing to move away from once threatened homes in Santa Barbara County’s foothills. 775 homes and two multiple family residences were destroyed by the fire. With the fire threat receding, the number of personnel assigned to battle the blaze has dropped from a peak of more than eight thousand to a little under three thousand.