High winds are returning to southern California meaning it will be another difficult day for firefighters who have come from all over the country to fight the blaze. More than 8,000 firefighters are now battling fires in Santa Barbara county, making it the largest mobilization in state history. The fire has consumed more than 260,000 acres. But the story today will again be about the winds. In some areas, gusts are near hurricane strength making it all but impossible to slow the fires spread. The Thomas fire is now threatening homes near Montecito.
More evacuations are expected today. Some Californians waited until the last minute and barely escaped.
The Los Angeles Times has maps that shows just how large this fire is. Thomas will most likely soon become the largest wildfire in California history.