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LOS ANGELES - A raging California wildfire on Saturday became the state's third largest blaze on record, with more devastation possible from a resurgence of the harsh winds that have fueled the deadly fire since the beginning of the month.
The so-called Thomas Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 structures, including about 750 homes, in coastal communities in Southern California since erupting on December 4, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.
Authorities described the current conditions as "critical fire weather," including returning winds and extremely low humidity. Coastal Santa Barbara and more sparsely populated inland areas were of special concern, authorities said.