>> The Thomas fire racked up another statistic on Thursday, becoming the state's fourth largest wildfire on record. Officials say the blaze had burned 242,500 acres, surpassing the Zaca fire of 2007 by 2,000 acres. Since the fire erupted on December Fourth, it has spread rapidly throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
More than 700 homes have been torched, and tens of thousands of residents evacuated and it's still only 30% contained. With hot, dry winds still in the forecast, authorities say it could be weeks before the fire is fully extinguished.