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California wildfire continues to spread


California firefighters continue to battle one of the largest fires in the state's history as wind and dry weather make it nearly impossible to contain, according to BBC.

The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 950 sq km in just over a week.

Destroying 900 properties, including 690 homes, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history. Some 94,000 residents have been displaced in the last week.

Though the fire has continued to spread, firefighters reported that 20% of the blaze had been contained by yesterday morning, up from 10% on Sunday.

Around 7,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the blaze, but steep slopes and rocky terrain have made it dangerous to tackle the flames.

California has spent the past eight days battling wildfires. Six large blazes, and other smaller ones, started last week in the south of the state. Some of the other fires have been largely brought under control.

The Thomas is by far the largest of the wildfires. The blazes show no signs of letting up as gusts of wind up to 65km/h and low humidity until tomorrow, December 14, will pose a continued challenge to firefighters.
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