Thomas fire in California
Thomas, a monster north of Los Angeles, is leaving the California State Register because it is now officially the second-largest fire in California's history.
Over the past 16 days, the ashes on the mountainside have spread. The fire, which consumed only a few thousand acres of land, destroyed the 2003 cedar fire, which is still the top spot.
The forestry and fire department in California announced this morning that 60% of the fire was contained, compared with 55% on Tuesday and 50% on Monday. Carl Fire reports that it is the same size - 272,000 acres - and the day before.
So far, Thomas's firepower has claimed two lives, leaving more than 100,000 people to flee their homes and destroying 1,313 buildings. More than 8,526 firefighters invested in the Lifeline to stop this consumption, costing about 124 million U.S. dollars.