LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) – Wind-whipped flames have reignited the Thomas Fire northwest of Los Angeles.
The fire, which started two weeks ago has spread to 422-square miles making it one of the largest fires in California’s history. It has destroyed more than 700 homes and is now Montecito where celebs Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey have homes.
Late Sunday flames from the fire illuminated the hillsides and prompted new evacuations in ritzy Santa Barbara County neighborhoods. Firefighters battled through the night to beat back the flames.
“The fire did what was predicted. We had these very strong sundowner winds that just pushed down the canyon right into the homes. We had 400 fire engines up and around the area, plus 100 more that we brought in, and we saved a lot of homes up there,” said CalFire’s Tuolumne Calaveras.
Opray posted on Twitter:
Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters. #peacebestill 🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) December 16, 2017
Firefighters have taken advantage of calms in the wind to build containment lines.
The Thomas Fire still threatens more than 18,000 structures. Last Thursday, it claimed the life of 32-year-old firefighter Corey Iverson who was overrun by smoke and flames.