The monster Thomas fire north of Los Angeles is leaving its place in the state’s record books as it is now officially the second largest fire in California history.

For the past 16 days, the fire that has been turning mountainsides to ash has grown. The fire only needs to consume a couple thousand more acres to dethrone the 2003 Cedar fire that maintains the top spot on the list.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced this morning that 60 percent of the fire is contained, up from 55 percent Tuesday and 50 percent on Monday. Cal Fire reported that it was the same size — 272,000 acres — as the night before.

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