Firefighters continued struggling today against the massive Thomas Fire, now the third-largest in California history.
Nearly 8,500 firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which has destroyed more than 1,000 structures and burned 269,500 acres so far. That’s an area larger than New York City.
The fires are concentrated near the celebrity havens of Montecito and Santa Barbara, with more than 100,000 people evacuated and damages to date estimated at $116 million. The fire is only 40 percent contained and may not be out until next month, according to reports. At least two deaths, including one firefighter, have been attributed to the Thomas Fire.
Celebrities and civilians alike are threatened by the blaze, as are the animals at the Santa Barbara Zoo, where officials prepared to move their charges if conditions bring the fires closer. Wind conditions have eased some, but continued dry weather isn’t helping firefighters get a strong handle on the fire.
Many celebrities with homes in the area checked in via Twitter: