A spate of Southern California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Philadelphia - combined.
December 24-Low winds continued to help firefighters make progress against the epic Thomas fire on Sunday, and favorable weather should provide further relief over the Christmas holiday, authorities said. "Other states, including California, were there when OR needed help over the past few years and we're glad we're able to reciprocate".
Over the weekend it secured the title of "Largest Fire" in state recorded history jumping the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego by 154 acres, which killed 15 people.
Crews are continuing to patrol the fire lines along the front country above Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria, and on Camino Cielo on the ridge of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Credit: Incident Management Team.
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The Ventura County Fire Department tweeted out a photo of some of the hardworking firefighters posing with Santa and Mrs. Claus. But on Saturday firefighters conducted firing operations on the northern flank along Cherry Creek Road near Highway 33 to keep the fire from moving to the north.
Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with firefighters on the Thomas Fire on Christmas Eve. Wildfires in 2017 have scorched more than 505,910 acres, more than double last year's burned acreage count. Most fire suppression activity is now on National Forest System lands.
As of Friday, while 18,000 homes and other buildings were technically still at risk, there was little flame showing in previously burned areas and the fire was moving slowly through remote wilderness.
There are now no mandatory evacuation orders in effect.