Weather offers some help in battle against California wildfire

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It's 50 percent contained.

Crews taking advantage of calm conditions were performing a controlled burn to remove areas of dry brush along the fire's northern edge. "That way when the winds come back there'll be nothing left to burn".

He says residents near the city of Ojai could see new smoke from the controlled burn.

The monster of a wildfire burning in Southern California is now the second-largest blaze in the history of the state - since accurate records were kept starting in 1932.

The Skirball Fire, which destroyed 700 homes and an apartment building in the Bel-Air area, was determined to have been caused by an illegal cooking fire at a homeless encampment in a brush area next to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the San Diego (405) Freeway.

But state fire Deputy Chief Mark Brown says before the fire is fully contained, the blaze will nearly certainly become the biggest in state history.

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State fire officials say the Thomas Fire is slightly larger than the 2012 Rush fire in Lassen County.

Only one fire has burned more California land than Thomas: the Cedar Fire of 2003, which swallowed some 273,244 acres.

Some evacuations were lifted on Monday and Capt Crawford said more residents are being allowed to return on Tuesday.

In total the fire has scorched 272,000 acres (110,074 hectares) of drought-parched chaparral and brush since igniting on December 4, covering an area equivalent to almost a third of Rhode Island.

More than 8,000 firefighters from almost a dozen states are battling the blaze.

The cause of both the Creek and Rye fires is still under investigation. So far, firefighting costs have surpassed 130 million dollars (£97 million).