The Thomas Fire is the fifth largest in modern Californian history.
The blaze raging in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties covers more ground than New York City. And as other, smaller fires are reined in, weather forecasts portend the Thomas Fire will spread.
- Donald Trump approves California's request for an emergency declaration, allowing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts across five Southern California counties.
- More evacuations are ordered as surging Santa Ana winds drive the 40-percent contained Thomas Fire, now the third-largest in California history, further westward in Santa Barbara County.
- New evacuations are ordered as the fires spread toward a string of California coastal cities. Santa Ana winds and rugged mountain terrain continue to hamper firefighting efforts. Authorities report the Thomas Fire is only 15 percent contained.
- Due to persistent high winds, a fire begins and quickly spreads--at a rate of up to one acre per second--near Santa Paula, California, covering now at least 50,000 acres, crawling into the edges of Ventura and cutting power to 260,000 homes. 7,700 houses are under mandatory evacuation.
- A Federal District Judge for Eastern Pennsylvania temporarily enjoins the Trump administration from implementing new rules that change the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington have also sued the federal government over the rules.