Thomas Fire now considered largest in California history

Althought danger from the Thomas Fire has subsided Santa Barbara County air pollution control officials urge residentst to keep their N-95 masks at the ready in case winds stir up the ash from thousands of acres of fire

Deadline adds that the Thomas fire threatened celebrity havens Montecito and Santa Barbara, with almost 100,000 evacuated and a slew of famous names showing gratitude to firefighters battling the blaze and trying to save the area.

The largest wildfire in California's history has consumed 273,400 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 structures across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and has required thousands of hours of labor for firefighters from around California who responded to the blaze.

The fire is the largest blaze in modern California history.

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The Republican ran for state representative in 2014, but lost in the primary to Colleen Burton, who still holds the office. On his website , Shannon said he began practising law in 1975, and had focused on "personal injury and death" cases.

The fire has charred an area of about 415 square miles, or about 272,000 acres so far.

The fire that started December 4, in Santa Paula is now the largest fire in California History. The fire spread from its start in Ventura County due to strong Santa Ana winds from the California desert. That was 154 acres larger than California's previous fire record holder, the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County. The red line represents uncontrolled fire edge. Temperatures are expected to reach the low- to mid-70s next week in Santa Barbara.

"Those (other) fires burned for weeks and weeks and this fire is only a few weeks old", he said.

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A newly planted tree also survived the fire.

Althoug the perimeter facing developed lands is now considered secure, firefighters continue efforts to contain the Thomas Fire as it burns in National Forest land.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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The only sign of the white stuff today could be on Scottish hills and parts of southern Aberdeenshire later in the day. Highs on Christmas Day are forecast around 20 degrees and the overnight low could bottom out around zero, he said.

"The main fire itself will not have any growth", Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times.

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