Monday, 11 December 2017

California's Thomas Fire scorches area larger than New York City



The most destructive wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, scorching an area larger than New York City.

 
The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres (930 sq km) in the past week.


Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in a day.


Residents in coastal beach communities have been ordered to leave.


On Sunday, firefighters reported that 15% of the blaze had been contained but were forced to downgrade that to 10% as it continued to spread.
"This is a menacing fire, certainly, but we have a lot of people working very diligently to bring it under control," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.


The containment operation is not only being hampered by dry winds. It is proving challenging for firefighters because of the location and mountainous terrain.





BBC     News.