>> The deadly Thomas fire has become California's third largest wildfire on record, spreading to more than 267,000 acres as of Sunday. That's more than one and a half times the size of Manhattan. And with harsh winds tearing through the area, more devastation is feared. That's according to firefighters who say the blaze has already destroyed more than a thousand structures.
Including some 750 homes in coastal communities in Southern California. The Thomas Fire is only 40% contained and officials say it's threatening thousands more structures. Including some in the wealthy enclave of Mount Tasedo just outside the city of Santa Barbra. Like many others, Fillmore resident Paul Panada is prepared to flee if the flames get too close.
>> It's pretty crazy. Went to sleep last night about midnight and then woke up to the roar of this fire coming through about 3 AM.>> The blaze took the life of 32 year old firefighter Cory Iverson on Thursday who was fighting flames near Fillmore. As his colleagues mourn, all hands are still on deck.
Northeast wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour were forecast through Sunday for parts of Ventura County. The place where the Thomas fire first began, nearly two weeks ago.