>> A menacing California wildfire, the state's second largest on record is still raging across the foothills of Ventura and Santa Barbra counties. Earlier this week, firefighting crews made progress taking the Thomas fire, but the blaze could present new challenges, with winds expected to strengthen at 50 miles per hour on Wednesday and Thursday.
Officials had cut back on evacuation orders and firefighting personnel on Tuesday, siting improved air quality. Since the Thomas Fire erupted in early December, it has scorched a whopping 272,000 acres, an area larger than all of New York City. The fire's quick pace has made it harder for fire fighting crews to keep up, as it has burned through over 1,000 homes and buildings.