Thomas Fire now second largest wildfire in California history

Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 22:13:52-05

The Thomas Fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has grown to become the second largest fire in California history. 

The Thomas Fire has now consumed 272,000 acres, making it the second largest fire in modern state history. 

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The latest update puts the blaze not far from becoming the largest fire in modern California history. The Cedar Fire, which burned 273,246 acres in San Diego County is currently the leader. 

The Thomas Fire is now 55 percent contained. Also Tuesday, the San Diego County Fire Department announced that one of their engines, engine 37, made its return to San Diego. 

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