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Flame area of California's Fire is larger than New York City

The most disastrous wildfire raging in southern California has expanded significantly, area larger than New York City.

Flame area of California's Fire is larger than New York City

Fanned by strong winds, it has become the fifth largest wildfire in recorded state history after it grew by more than 50,000 acres in a day.

The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has consumed 230,000 acres in the past week.

Residents in coastal beach communities have been ordered to leave.

On Sunday, firefighters reported that 15% of the blaze had been contained but were forced to downgrade that to 10% as it continued to spread.

The other fires hitting California are largely controlled, but 200,000 people have evacuated their homes and hundreds of buildings have been destroyed since 4 December.

Evacuation orders were issued overnight on Sunday for parts of Carpinteria close to Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles (160km) northwest of Los Angeles.

Past seven days has been spent the battling wildfires by the fire fighters. Six large blazes, and other smaller ones, erupted on Monday night in southern California.

They swept through tens of thousands of acres in a matter of hours, driven by extreme weather, including low humidity, high winds and parched ground.

purple alert has been issued by the authorities – it is the highest level warning – also called as "extremely critical fire weather", while state of emergency has been declared by US President Donald Trump

There are also fears the blaze will seriously hit California's multi-million dollar agricultural industry.