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Massive California wildfire 50% contained, says Fire Department

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 The Thomas fire the third largest blaze in California history was 50 per cent contained as at Monday the Ventura County fire department said The department said fire crews were finally gaining the upper hand on the raging wildfire that has scorched the mountains north of Los Angeles for the past two weeks Fire fighters were able to take advantage of what forecasters say will be a two day window of calmer winds The department said strong winds and high humidity are expected to return to the area on Wednesday Since it erupted on Dec 4 the fire north west of Los Angeles has turned to ash some 1 000 square km destroyed 1 032 structures and forced mass evacuations One fire fighter was killed battling the blaze Dry conditions warm temperatures and gusty Santa Ana winds that blow out from Southern California s inland deserts towards the coast have fuelled a string of fires in the region over the past several weeks Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
Massive California wildfire 50% contained, says Fire Department

1 The Thomas fire, the third-largest blaze in California history, was 50 per cent contained  as at Monday,’’ the Ventura County fire department said.

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2 The department said fire crews were finally gaining the upper hand on the raging wildfire that has scorched the mountains north of Los Angeles for the past two weeks.

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3 Fire-fighters were able to take advantage of what forecasters say will be a two-day window of calmer winds.

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4 The department said strong winds and high humidity are expected to return to the area on Wednesday.

5 Since it erupted on Dec. 4, the fire north-west of Los Angeles has turned to ash some 1,000 square km, destroyed 1,032 structures and forced mass evacuations.

6 One fire-fighter was killed battling the blaze.

7 Dry conditions, warm temperatures and gusty Santa Ana winds that blow out from Southern California’s inland deserts towards the coast have fuelled a string of fires in the region over the past several weeks.

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9 Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Sadiya Hamza
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