Fire in southern California threatening another city

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More than a third of the community's 213 mobile homes burned as fire zigzagged along a hillside, skipping some streets and razing others.

"Praying for my town". Firefighters are making progress, with 90% of the blaze contained. Could go either way.

The fire, which has scorched 173,000 acres, has also interrupted transmission lines fhiddenor the Santa Barbara area, leaving more than 85,000 customers without power. "Packing to evacuate now", Lowe added.

With acrid smoke thick in the air, even residents not under evacuation orders were leaving, fearing another shutdown of a key coastal highway that was closed intermittently last week.

Red flag warnings remain in place for the area.

"Our house is under threat of being burned", Ellen DeGeneres tweeted at midday Sunday.

A spokesman for DeGeneres declined to provide any other details on Monday.

A number of celebrities voiced their thanks to firefighters and concern for the communities at risk from fire. I'm proud to be a part of this community.

"I'm sending lots of love and gratitude to the fire department and sheriffs".

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Emmy Leikin, an Emmy-winning songwriter who was ordered to evacuate her Montecito home at 9 a.m. on Sunday, said she fled with only her cell phone, medication, glasses and a few apples. She said as of Saturday morning, it was unclear when they will be allowed to return to their homes.

Despite the scale of destruction, only one death has been reported of a 70-year-old woman who died in a auto accident on Wednesday as she attempted to flee the flames.

Firefighters kept a wall of flames from descending mountains into coastal neighbourhoods after a huge and destructive Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history.

Winds gusts in Ventura and Los Angeles counties were expected to diminish Sunday afternoon from 60 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour due to an onshore flow beginning to develop, according to Cal Fire's website. High temperatures, low humidity and blustery Santa Ana winds promise a risky medley for the mountainous region in the days to come, likely encouraging "extreme fire behavior [that] will continue to hamper control efforts", Cal Fire said in a Monday morning bulletin. Though the state emerged this spring from a yearslong drought, hardly any measurable rain has fallen in the region over the past six months.

One family whose home was destroyed in the Creek Fire told CNN affiliate KCAL9 News that they had lost everything to the blaze but were grateful to be alive.

A strike team from the San Bernardino County Fire Department was deployed to fight the enormous Thomas fire hours after it ignited December 4.

Horse trainers took stock of the damage at the elite San Luis Rey Downs training facility for thoroughbreds in Bonsall, where numerous more than 450 horses were cut loose to prevent them from being trapped in burning stables.

"This is the new normal", Brown said as he surveyed damage from the Thomas Fire.

The National Weather Service said that if the long-term forecast holds, there will have been 13 consecutive days of dry offshore flow before it ends Friday afternoon. More than 40 people died in October when fires swept through the state's wine-producing counties north of San Francisco.

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