Thomas Fire: Chilly Temps Aid Firefighters Efforts Against California’s Largest Wildfire on Record

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California’s biggest wildfire on record did not grow overnight, officials said Tuesday morning.

A firefighting hand crew moves into position to put out hotspots in Montecito, California at the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighting hand crew moves into position to put out hotspots in Montecito, California at the Thomas Fire on December 16, 2017. (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Thomas fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties held steady at 281,620 acres and was 88% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said. The blaze, which started on Dec. 4, is the largest to burn in California since official record-keeping began in 1932.

The fire has destroyed 775 homes and damaged 208.

Firefighting efforts were aided on Christmas Day by light winds and chilly overnight temperatures, officials said. On Tuesday, fire crews continued to patrol the blaze for hot spots and also worked to shore up containment lines in effort to stop the fire from moving deeper into the Los Padres National Forest or near coastal and valley homes.

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