Here are the 5 largest California wildfires
The Thomas fire on Friday became California’s largest wildfire on record, burning 273,400 acres.
The massive fire, which has raged for weeks through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, has claimed just over 1,000 structures and San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the fire last week. As of Friday evening, it is 65% contained.
Here’s a look at how the blaze compares with four other major wildfires in the state’s history:
1. Thomas fire — 273,400 acres*
Counties: Ventura and Santa Barbara
Cause: Under investigation
Structures destroyed: 1,063*
* Information may change until fire is contained
2. Cedar fire — 273,246 acres
County: San Diego
Structures destroyed: 2,820
3. Rush fire — 272,200 acres*
Structures destroyed: 0
* 271,911 acres burned in California; 43,666 burned in Nevada
4. Rim fire — 257,314 acres
Structures destroyed: 112
5. Zaca fire — 240,207 acres
County: Santa Barbara
Structures destroyed: 1
7:10 p.m.: This article was updated after officials declared the Thomas fire as the largest wildfire in California history.
This article was originally published at 2 p.m.
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