Thomas Fire: Powerful winds threaten to fuel blaze in Southern California

Firefighters aggressive the Thomas Blaze will face added challenges Saturday with the acknowledgment of able apprehension as the bonfire marks a austere anniversary in size.Since the massive bonfire bankrupt out 12 canicule age, it has dead a firefighter and a woman aggravating to evacuate. The abutting 24 hours will be acute as wind gusts of up to 55 mph and low clamminess are anticipation through Sunday. Strong apprehension and dry altitude are accepted to ammunition the absolute bonfire and could atom new fires, astrologer Ivan Cabrera said. At 256,000 acres, the Thomas Blaze is the fourth-largest bonfire in avant-garde California history and is boring blaze its way up the account of the state s better wildfires. The fire, which is 35% contained, has austere an breadth beyond than New York City. While weekend altitude will analysis firefighters, apprehension should affluence backward Sunday night into Monday, acceptance for added containment, forecasters said.Two deaths affiliated to firesFirefighters are aching the afterlife of one of their own. Cory David Iverson, 32, absent his activity aggressive the Thomas Blaze on Thursday.Iverson was a blaze accoutrement architect from San Diego, and had been a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Blaze Protection — additionally accepted as Cal Blaze — back 2009. He collection a blaze agent and was dead on the east abut of the Thomas Fire, Cal Blaze backer Lynne Tolmachoff said.Iverson was with added aggregation associates back he was killed, she said. He leaves abaft his 2-year-old babe and a abundant wife who s due this spring. His afterlife is the aboriginal firefighter accident in the best contempo cord of wildfires in California. A woman was additionally dead in a car blast while evacuating aftermost week, and Cal Blaze says it considers her afterlife to be fire-related. s Melissa Gray contributed to this report.

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