Thomas fire becomes the largest in California's history

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Deadline adds that the Thomas fire threatened celebrity havens Montecito and Santa Barbara, with almost 100,000 evacuated and a slew of famous names showing gratitude to firefighters battling the blaze and trying to save the area.

The blaze has already consumed over 1,000 structures as it crept across the parched coastal mountains and ravines of South California, crossing the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties just northwest of Los Angeles.

The fire previously topped Cal Fire's list of the top 20 largest wildfires in California, the oldest entry on which dates to 1932.

The Thomas Fire surpassed the size of the Cedar Fire near San Diego, which destroyed 273,246 acres in 2003. The fire eventually moved into Santa Barbara County, threatening Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria, after devastating much of downtown Ventura.

"Hotspots remain in the Bear Heaven area", Cal Fire said in its 6:10 p.m. report Sunday.

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By Thursday, most of the southern end of the fire also was surrounded and the last mandatory evacuation orders were called off.

During the two-plus weeks the fires have burned, at least 95,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate, Cal Fire has said.

In this December 5, 2017, file photo, a wildfire burns along the 101 Freeway in Ventura, Calif.

More than 2,800 fire personnel are battling the blaze, which is now 65 percent contained. Thanks to shorter days and a lack of strong winds the Incident Management Team does not expect any additional significant spread of the fire, other than strategic burning to secure the fire edge.

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