California’s Thomas Fire, The Third Largest In The State’s History, Has Turned Paradise Into A ‘War Zone’

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Southern California’s ongoing plague of wildfires includes a half-dozen major blazes, some of which have settled. Notably, the Skirball fire originated at a homeless encampment, threatened Los Angeles landmarks, and destroyed estates before cooling down somewhat. Yet the Thomas fire has continued to grow for two weeks, and officials have conceded that there is no end in sight.

Although Santa Barbara County Fire Department Division Chief Martin Johnson told reporters that his...

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