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Thomas Fire surges in Santa Barbara County

As officials in Northern California attempted to stave off possible wildfires, the Thomas Fire in Southern California continued to burn perilously close to residential communities — a forecast that may only worsen as wind gusts continue to thrash the area. The blaze, raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties Saturday, grew 4,000 acres to a total of 267,500 acres — making it the third largest in the state’s modern history. That number may grow as high winds continue through the night, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire, which began Dec. 4, was 40 percent contained Saturday, and there’s little end in sight as winds stoke the flames.

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