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Ferocious California wildfire grows more erratic, dangerous as winds pick up

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Thomas fire in California grows more erratic

The ferocious Thomas Fire raging in Southern California has become the second-largest blaze in state history.

It is now just 5,700 acres shy of the massive Cedar Fire, which killed 15 people and burned just over 273,000 acres in San Diego in 2003.

Continued high winds forecast to last through Sunday afternoon will keep fire fighters working throughout the night, said Jude Olivas, a public information officer for the Thomas fire incident command.

"We have a continued red flag warning tomorrow as well, so we have to remain vigilant," Olivas said Saturday night. Red flag warnings are a National Weather Service designation for weather events that can result in extreme fire behavior.

The cost of fighting the fire now stands at $110 million, Olivas said.


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