Fires Rage On

California's Thomas fire continues to grow, reaching some two hundred thirty thousand acres.


High winds and low containment pushed the Thomas fire into a second week. The inferno is now the fifth-largest in California state history. It’s one of around half-a-dozen blazes burning in southern California. Santa Ana winds are largely blamed for the fire’s rapid progress, with flames crossing from Ventura into Santa Barbara County. More than two hundred thousand acres have already been scorched. With containment at just ten percent, there’s no end in sight. The fire may be a week old, but, new evacuations are still being ordered. Wind gusts are expected to weaken today, but, there’s no rain in the immediate forecast, meaning the area will be dry and vulnerable to more fire activity.