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Thomas Fire grows to 237,500 acres; still 25 percent contained

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Ventura County Fire Department shot this time-lapse video of a plume of smoke collapsing and creating dangerous conditions on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the Thomas Fire. As the massive smoke plume generated by the fire continues to rise, i
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Ventura County Fire Department shot this time-lapse video of a plume of smoke collapsing and creating dangerous conditions on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the Thomas Fire. As the massive smoke plume generated by the fire continues to rise, i

Update Wednesday, 6:45 a.m.

The Thomas Fire grew slightly overnight, to 237,500 acres. It’s still 25 percent contained.

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The Thomas Fire grew to 236,000 acres Tuesday and officials said they expect the blaze to continue to expand this week, according to a nightly update from Cal Fire.

More than 7,800 fire personnel have been assigned to the Thomas Fire, which reached 25 percent containment by Tuesday night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Since the fire began eight days ago, 904 structures have been destroyed, 196 have been damaged and 18,000 more are still threatened.

The most active part of the fire is in Santa Barbara County, where gusty Santa Ana winds are expected to push the fire to the west in the coming days.

California’s Thomas Fire continued to grow, torching 234,200 acres between Ventura and Santa Barbara by Tuesday, December 12. The fire stood at 20 percent contained, and thousands have been evacuated since the fire started burning a week ago.

Cal Fire reported the Thomas Fire will continue to threaten the communities of Carpenteria, Summerland, Montecito and surrounding areas.

Click here for the latest information on evacuations in Ventura County. For Santa Barbara County, click here.

The Lilac Fire burning in San Diego County has burned 4,100 acres and is 95 percent contained.

The Creek Fire burning in Los Angeles County has burned 15,619 acres and is 95 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

The Skirball Fire, also in Los Angeles County, burned 422 acres and was 85 percent contained, according to the most recent update from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Heavy smoke has residents gasping for air as a huge Southern California wildfire explodes in size again, becoming the fifth largest in state history. Tens of thousands have fled their homes as wind-fanned wildfires throughout the region. December

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