The huge Southern California wildfire that has claimed the lives of two and destroyed over 1,000 structures in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties is now the largest in the state's recorded history. A train of personnel moves along setting the fire making sure no fire jumps the control line or gets out of hand, Vaccaro said. The Thomas Fire pushed to 273,400 acres as firefighters worked during the holiday weekend to contain the blaze. The Thomas fire had already burned an area larger than Manhattan but has spread to an area larger than "New York City, Washington, DC, and San Francisco combined" according to CNN.
By Friday, however, humidity was higher, temperatures were cooler and the fire threat to homes in many areas eased.
Authorities also encouraged residents and visitors to Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to be mindful of an increase in wildlife that have been displaced by the fire roaming in local communities.
The improving conditions allowed officials to lift many evacuation orders on Thursday.
Firefighters are still working on the hot spots they find - cooling them off, putting water on them, using their hand tools to stir them up - to ensure they are "gone, once and for all", Brown said.
Cal-Fire Public Information Officer Daniel Berlant told Newsweek that the Thomas Fire is "not actively growing", but there are still fire-fighting operations along the outer edges of the wildfire where it consumed additional acreage on Friday.
"Those (other) fires burned for weeks and weeks and this fire is only a few weeks old", he said.
In an update issued Saturday evening, fire officials said the blaze was being fought on National Forest System lands and away from the coastal urban enclaves it once plowed through.
A dolphin statue is seen at a property destroyed by the Thomas Fire in Carpintera California as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage.
This article was originally posted at 9 a.m.