Thomas Fire now third-most destructive in state history

Thomas Fire now third-most destructive in state history

Thomas Fire now third-most destructive in state history

The fire had burned 271,000 acres and was 50-percent contained as of Monday night, and officials say they believe the containment number will continue growing as long as the weather stays good.

ABC News cited that the weather within the region started to improve since the Santa Ana winds began to lower down to 30-35 miles per hour gusts. "Those winds will transition to more typical Santa Ana winds that would affect L.A. and Ventura counties on Thursday". "If you hold the compass up, it burned north to south, right down the canyons - Romero, Cold Spring Canyon - and it burned in and around a number of homes", said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority, one of many agencies involved in the firefight.

"We're definitely not out of the woods yet; there's a lot of heat up on the hill", he said. This week, while a fire northwest of Los Angeles still raged after destroying more than 700 homes, the U.S. Forest Service and CAL Fire say the threat will remain high due to an estimated 129 million trees that died in California over the past year from drought and beetle infestation.

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But state fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown says before the fire is fully contained, the blaze will nearly certainly become the biggest in state history.

Areas of concern for firefighters include the coastal communities of Santa Barbara, Summerland and Montecito, as well as the Matilija Wilderness and Rose Valley, according to Cal Fire.

For Thomas Fire updates, visit Santa Barbara County's website and Ventura County's emergency page. This means that the weather conditions will work well for the firefighters' favor. They returned home from Colorado on Sunday and found little of what was left of their house.

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"It's just hard to put into words", Michael Behrman said.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department helped to evacuate residents from a long-term care facility in Santa Barbara who were affected by the Thomas Fire.

The cause remains under investigation.

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