The largest, the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County, burned about 427 square miles. "I like to say the firefighters did not lose these homes". The cause remained under investigation.
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Pilots from the US National Guard joined efforts to tackle the ongoing Thomas wildfire in California on Wednesday, December 13.
Firefighters from Kern County work to put out hot spots in Montecito
The Santa Barbara County Firefighters Union posted this video, saying their "Canadian friends" were performing the water drop on Flores Flats. Additional evacuations were ordered Friday morning as the fires swept through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It's 45 percent contained.
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, a pair of firefighting water dropping helicopters pass while working on hot spots along the hillside east of Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday morning, December 17, 2017.
Share this article: Rob Lowe with firefighters he treated to showers and hot meals at his home near Montecito. The Thomas came two months after a spate of wind-driven blazes in Northern California's wine country incinerated several thousand homes and killed more than 40 people, ranking as the deadliest rash of wildfires, and one of the most destructive, in state history. They also will work to improve existing fuel breaks in the areas of Windy Gap and the Santa Barbara foothills, while securing Gibraltar Road to halt the flames' westward progression.
The progress allowed some evacuation orders to be lifted, although both mandatory and voluntary orders remain in place. The Office of Emergency Services announced the orders Saturday as Santa Ana winds pushed the fire close to the community. Winds in the foothill area are hitting around 30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
Philadelphia airport sees some cancellations after Atlanta outage
Officials are investigating the cause of the fire and declined to rule out terrorism as of late Sunday, NBC News reported . His Delta flight home to Atlanta for the holidays was stuck on the airport's tarmac at 2:00 p.m.