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A brush fire roared into Southern California Monday evening, spreading overnight to 45,000 acres, destroying at least 150 structures, many of them homes, and forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate, the authorities said.
Chief Deputy David Richardson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said that resources were taxed, since the department had been assisting with what he called the “devastating” fire in nearby Ventura County.
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The Thomas Fire in California's Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed more than 230,000 acres over the past week — becoming the fifth largest fire in the state's history and continuing to send firefighters scrambling to control the blaze, officials said on Monday.
Five fires covering more than a quarter of a million acres continue to rage across Southern California, with 9,000 firefighters combating the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said the cause of the fire was “a discharge of firearms on public lands.”
The fire is located in the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath NF side of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, which are both located in North California.
Authorities reportedly said Friday that a 70-year-old woman died in a car crash fleeing a large wildfire burning in Southern California, in the first fatality reported in six major fires in the region this week.
National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson said that weak Santa Ana winds are predicted to blow across the Thomas Fire on Friday night before weakening Saturday, and will restrengthen Saturday night and into Sunday.