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Thomas Fire now 5th largest in CA state history

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The Thomas Fire burning in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties is now the fifth largest wildfire in California state history.

The fire had charred 230,000 acres and destroyed nearly 800 structures by Sunday evening. It was just 10 percent contained.

The largest fire in state history is the Cedar Fire, which started in October 2003 in San Diego County and burned more than 273,000 acres. 

The second largest is the Rush Fire, third is the Rim Fire and fourth is the July 2007 human-caused Zaca Fire, which burned more than 240,000 acres in Santa Barbara County. 
Monday morning, evacuation warnings and orders remained in effect for portions of southern Santa Barbara County due to the Thomas Fire.

The fire broke out the evening of December 5 in Santa Paula and has forced thousands from their homes. 

The cost to fight it so far is estimated to be approximately $34 million.

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