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Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of Work

Largest Wildfire In California History Now Contained After Month Of WorkCalifornia’s largest wildfire in state history, known as the Thomas Fire, is now 100 percent contained after more than one month of work, officials announced Friday.



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History offers Trump lesson in investigations

History offers Trump lesson in investigationsLeon Neyfakh, host of the "Slow Burn" Watergate podcast, talks about how Nixon's effort to push back on the Watergate investigation compares to the Trump Republican effort to discredit the FBI and Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation.



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The History of Fake News in the United States

The History of Fake News in the United StatesFake news isn’t suddenly ruining America, but putting government in charge of deciding what news is fake will. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election, numerous media outlets ran stories claiming that many websites had published false stories that helped Trump beat Hillary Clinton.



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The Thomas Fire Is Now The Biggest In California's History

The Thomas Fire Is Now The Biggest In California's HistoryThe so-called Thomas Fire burning in parts of Southern California now ranks as the largest wildfire on record in the state.



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The Latest: California wildfire now largest in state history

The Latest: California wildfire now largest in state historyVENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Southern California's big wildfire (all times local):



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Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's history

Thomas Fire becomes largest wildfire in California's historyThe Thomas Fire has burned more acres than any previous wildfire on record in California, and there are no signs of a pattern change that would deliver beneficial weather for battling the blaze.



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California wildfire the largest in the state's recorded history

California wildfire the largest in the state's recorded historyA California wildfire that has killed two people and seared its way through cities, towns and wilderness northwest of Los Angeles became the largest blaze ever officially recorded in California on Friday, authorities said. The Thomas fire took only 2 ½ weeks to burn its way into history books as unrelenting winds and parched weather turned everything in its path to tinder — including more than 700 homes. The fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties had scorched 273,400 acres, or about 427 square miles of coastal foothills and national forest, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. That was 154 acres larger than California's previous fire record holder — the 2003 Cedar fire in San Diego County that killed 15 people. The Cedar fire had been recognized as the biggest California wildfire in terms of acreage since 1932. Some fires before that date undoubtedly were larger but records are unreliable, according to state fire officials. A firefighter and a civilian fleeing the flames died in the Thomas fire as days of unrelentingly dry, gusty winds drove the flames. At times firefighters were forced to retreat to safe areas and simply wait for the flames to pass so they could attack them from the rear. Often erratic gusts combined with extremely low humidity — it dropped to just 1 percent on some days — pushed the blaze with virtually unprecedented speed, blackening more ground in weeks than other fires had consumed in a month or more. On Wednesday, as the fire continued to march north and west, Santa Barbara County fire Capt. David Zaniboni was awed by the speed of its growth. "Those (other) fires burned for weeks and weeks and this fire is only a few weeks old," he said. "It's incredible." By that point, firefighters already were beginning to take advantage of a lull in the weather. Several days of easing winds allowed crews to burn and bulldoze protective firebreaks in the foothills above threatened communities, including the celebrity enclave of Montecito. Q&A | Wildfires By Thursday, most of the southern end of the fire also was surrounded and the last mandatory evacuation orders were called off. As of Friday, while 18,000 homes and other buildings were technically still at risk, there was little flame showing in previously burned areas and the fire was moving slowly through remote wilderness. The fire was 65 percent contained and colder, moister weather was helping. Although some 50-mph winds gusts were recorded, it produced "no remarkable fire activity" near Montecito or other areas, according to a state fire report. While brush and timber in the area remain tinder dry, fire crews are setting backfires to burn it out, and that could add to the fire's size. "The main fire itself will not have any growth," Capt. Brandon Vaccaro of the California City Fire Department told the Los Angeles Times. "Any growth that we see or is reflected in the acreage will be based on the control burns."



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Thomas Fire Close To Becoming The Biggest Wildfire In California History

Thomas Fire Close To Becoming The Biggest Wildfire In California HistoryThe Thomas Fire burning in Southern California is on the verge of becoming the largest blaze on state record, accomplishing a shocking feat for this time of year.



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Thomas Fire to become largest wildfire in California history as winds intensify

Thomas Fire to become largest wildfire in California history as winds intensifyGusty winds will kick up and become troublesome for firefighting efforts in Southern California into Friday.



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Wildfire Still Raging In Southern California Is Third Largest In State History

Wildfire Still Raging In Southern California Is Third Largest In State HistoryThe Thomas Fire has become the third largest wildfire in modern California history since it began raging two weeks ago.



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