Over the weekend, in Southern California, thousands of firefighters worked to try and contain 6 different wildfires. It has been 8 days since the first of those fires started. The firemen are starting to have control over most the fires, except one: the Thomas fire.
The Thomas fire is the biggest of all 6. It is one of the worst in California history. 5,770 firemen from many different local crews are working together to fight the fire. It has so far burned more than 360 square miles. Strong winds, dry vegetation and low humidity keep fueling the fire.
The fire is spreading closer to the Pacific Ocean. Along the coastline, there are cities by the water. Some cities are surrounded by canyons on one side and the Ocean on the other side. The fire is now coming down the canyon towards the cities. The firemen are trying to keep the fire from reaching those cities. Many residents have evacuated. The Governor of California gave a speech on Saturday, saying that this is the “new normal” for people who live in California. Those wildfires will keep popping up.